More and more people have been heading out for country walks since the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year.
And as Coventry and Warwickshire prepares to head into Tier 3, it looks like there will be no end in sight to those lacing up their walking boots for a trip out in nature.
But if you’ve found yourself walking the same routes over and over, a new list from Outdooractive could be just the solution.
They carried out a survey to round up the most popular walks in our area during the first lockdown.
The top five walks in the Coventry area can be found below.
Yarningale Common – Preston Bagot church
Described as an easy 3.7km walk, this route takes you on a scenic loop near to Henley-in-Arden.
It is believed that there is plenty to see on this walk including a canal lock, streams, and Preston Bagot church.
Unsurprisingly given its location in Warwickshire, there are also stunning countryside views.
The route can be seen here.
Leek Wootton – Terrace Hill Wood
Slightly shorter at 3.6km, this route is also thought to be a fairly easy stroll to enjoy.
Located in Leek Wootton, it loops through a section of woodland.
It even has views out across a nearby golf course.
More information is available here.
Rugby walk – Rainsbrook Cemetery
Another walk in a similar distance range, this one is 3.8km, and has also been classed as an easy walk.
This walk is located in the grounds of Rainsbrook Cemetery.
It is thought that it is a popular spot for dog walkers, so it might be one to avoid if that doesn’t appeal to you.
The found is seen here.
Norton Junction circuit
This one is slightly longer than the previous three at 4.5km in length, but the terrain ensures that it should be just as easy.
A walk for canal enthusiasts, this one.
It goes up the Leicester Canal, across country and back via the Grand Union Canal.
Information is available here.
Described as the most challenging of the five with a difficulty score of moderate, this 3.7km walk is still quite doable.
It consists of a walk across a muddy field, up a hilly path through some woods, and then back down a track to the road – before following the canal towpath to the start.
It is located near to the A14 across the East Midlands border, and traffic noise is said to be fairly loud along this route.
More information can be found here.
What has been said about the walks?
Craig Wareham, co-founder, ViewRanger, now an Outdooractive company said: “Our results show that in lockdown 2.0, walking near water might go some way to help banish the winter blues – studies have shown that water can help lift people’s mood, vitality and wellbeing.
“In these darker months, lots of people will be looking for some motivation to leave their house. Information about the types of popular walk and their duration suggests that promoting 60-minute walks near lakes, canals and ponds would help boost morale and reduce traffic to the coast.
“It is permitted to walk with a friend and sharing downloadable routes make it easier for people to be more adventurous or perhaps find walks or jogs on their doorstep.”