to see a map of the start location.)
Draycote Water, Off A426, South of Dunchurch, Near Rugby.
If you travel from the North via M1, you are unable to turn off onto the M45. Exit at junction 18 instead.
Coming along the A426 from Rugby, Draycote Water is signposted (white on brown) as you reach the lights in the centre on Dunchurch. Continue straight through the lights, over the M45. The first entrance on your right is not the one you want. The next entrance about 1km further along is signed and obvious as you reach it.
One circuit is 8km.
Mostly good tarmac. A few easily avoided ripples and tree roots on the side of the reservoir opposite the now defunct Visitor Centre. Alongside the dam sections the road is quite flat. Through the trees the road is nicely undulating. After heavy rain there can be some gravel on the dam road on the north west part of the circuit.
Pedestrians are the main hazards.
The visitor centre is now closed (pre 2010) and the portaloos removed, apparently together with the fishermen driving slowly along in their cars. But the sailing club, adjacent, has a cafe and they are very welcoming. Reports are that the food is better than at the old cafe. The only toilets are by the main vehicle entrance.
Saturday is quieter than Sunday.
The flat sections are perfect for tuition.
The rolling sections are good for hill climbing practice.
The weather is variable.
Manchester Cross Country Ski Club