The eight most scenic places in Coventry

23 June 2016

An exhibition at Warwick Business School highlighted some of the most scenic areas of Coventry according to the city's residents.

The display was part of research from Chanuki Seresinhe, Tobias Preis and Suzy Moat, of Warwick Business School’s Data Science Lab,  who used crowdsourced data from an online game, ScenicOrNot, and data from the 2011 Census to find people who live in a more scenic area report their health to be better.

"Our research connected better health to living in areas of scenic beauty," said Ms Seresinhe, a PhD student in the Data Science Lab.

Related article: Interactive map shows scenic spots around the UK

"Coventry offers a lot of 'hidden gems' such as Allesley Park when it comes to scenery. It is important to note, however, that our research shows scenicness does not simply mean living somewhere 'green' - urban areas deemed scenic also reflected reports of better health."

View the full list of the eight most scenic scenes in Coventry identified by Coventry residents including Coventry Cathedral and War Memorial Park below:

1. Allesley Park Walled Garden
Allesley park walled garden
Another brick in the wall: The restored Georgian wall garden

Allesley Park Walled Garden was constructed during the reign of George III and has been partly recreated by a team of volunteers. It now hosts monthly food markets making it scenic and healthy in a literal sense too!

2. Coundon Wedge
Image courtesy: Anthony Vosper
On the fence: Coundon Wedge offers an escape from the nearby urban development

The Coundon Wedge is a scenic area located on the north-western outskirts of Coventry. It is a popular place for walks, giving access to Coventry's Green Belt and retaining a rural charm in spite of nearby urban development. 

3. Drapers Bar terrace
view from the Drapers bar terrace
Beer goggles: A drink and a nice view make the terrace of Drapers bar popular

Although Drapers is a bar and not necessarily something you would immediately associate with scenicness, it does provide a nice view of the Coventry Cathedral ruins.

4. Coventry Canal Basin
Coventry canal basin
Image courtesy: Amanda Slater Flickr
Time to make a U turn: The Coventry Canal Basin is great for walks

Coventry canal is another popular scenic area of Coventry and the Coventry Canal Basin offers a good starting point to explore the area.

5. Medieval Spon End
Image courtesy: Elliot Brown Flickr
Ye olde shoppe: A blend of Medieval and modern awaits visitors to Spon End

Spon End is one of the oldest areas in Coventry and offers visitors a trip down memory lane with its medieval buildings blended with modern day shops and amenities.

6. War Memorial Park
war memorial park coventry
Image courtesy: Clive Flickr
Lest we forget: A fitting tribute to Coventrians who gave their life fighting for their country

A large park covering around 49 hectares, the War Memorial Park in Coventry was opened in 1921. It is so-called as it acts as a memorial to the many locals who died in the First World War.

7. Primrose Hill Park
Primrose Hill Park
Image courtesy: Keith Williams
Park life: Another park to make the list is Primrose Hill Park

Primrose Hill Park is a small park created on the site of a medieval quarry.

8. Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral
Somewhere over the rainbow: a snap of the roofless ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral offers a lot of eye-catching views. The old cathedral destroyed by bombing in the Blitz of 1940 is a sight upon itself.

The interactive exhibition had its grand opening on June 14 with support from the University of Warwick’s Public Engagement Fund.

The Warwick Business School's Data Science Lab collaborated with Tisk Media to create an installation for visitors to explore crowdsourced data for areas of England and Wales on a large interactive map.

Using the map, visitors then experienced audio representations of 'scenicness', health, crime, income and pollution measurements as they move around. 

Read the full article on the research here.

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