Grand Western Canal

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 Manly Bridge - John Morton Devon County Photography

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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Date for your diary!

The Horsedrawn Barge

Monday 25th August
Anniversary Party at the Canal Basin

This event will mark the actual 200th anniversary of the Grand Western Canal (to the day) and will also celebrate 40 years of the horse-drawn barge 'Tivertonian' operating on the Canal.

Limited Edition - Grand Western Canal Bicentenary Brasses and Mugs

To celebrate 200 years of the Grand Western Canal the Canal Ranger Service commissioned some limited edition horse-brasses and mugs.


These are now available to buy from the following outlets:

  • Minnows Touring Park, Sampford Peverell. Tel. 01884 821770
  • Canal Tea Rooms and Gardens, Canal Basin, Tiverton. Tel. 01884 252291
  • Tiverton Canal Co. shop, Canal Basin, Tiverton (or by post). Tel: 01884 253345

(Please remember these are limited so first come first served - please call first to check stock)

Contact Us

Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve

Canal Ranger Service
The Moorings
Canal Hill
EX16 4HX


01884 254072


01884 255935

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