The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and Lowdwells (near the Somerset border).
Canal near East Manley - John Morton, Devon County Photography
|Extending for eleven and a quarter miles, the Country Park provides a wonderful location to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride along the towpath; experience a ride onboard the much-loved horse-drawn barge that has been taking passengers for trips along the canal since 1974; have a go at fishing; launch your own boat or hire a boat or a canoe.|
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Good progress on embankment repair
Following the major breach of an embankment near Halberton in November 2012, repairs have progressed well through the summer and autumn of 2013. The embankment is now rebuilt and work to re-line the canal channel is being undertaken. The current programme is for this section of canal to be refilled in February 2014 and the towpath to be reopened in March 2014.
Read more about the breach here >>
IWA National Trailboat Festival
The Grand Western Canal is celebrating it's bicentenary (200th birthday) this year and among the range of events programmed for 2014 - the main event will be the IWA National Trailboat Festival held at the Mid Devon Showground on Saturday 24 May 2014.
To apply for a Trade or Catering Stand at the festival please contact the Grand Western Canal Ranger Service on 01884 254072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For booking forms for boaters and campers as well as more information about the festival please look at our the Trailboat Festival page.
Find out more
- Canal Breach
- New Visitor Centre
- Map and Directions
- Information for Disabled Visitors
- Rangers Rag Newsletter
- 2014 IWA National Trailboat Festival
- Local Businesses and Services
- Joint Advisory Committee
- Towpath Code of Conduct
- Waterway Code of Conduct
- Grand Western Canal Photo Gallery
- Canal Visitor Survey
- Annual parking permits
Also on devon.gov.uk
Other web sites
Canal Ranger Service