Grand Western Canal

Map and Directions

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How to get here by...

By Bus

There are regular services to Tiverton from Exeter, Barnstaple, Crediton and Taunton. Once at Tiverton Bus Station, it is a half mile walk up to the Canal Basin (the Museum’s Tourist Information Centre, near to the bus station, can give directions if necessary). Alternatively you can catch the Tidcombe Circular bus service which stops just past the Canal Basin, and near Tidcombe Bridge.

There is a regular service between Tiverton, Halberton, Sampford Peverell and Tiverton Parkway Train Station and Exeter. Access points to the Canal are very close to the bus stops in Halberton and Sampford Peverell. There is an occassional service between Tiverton and Burlescombe. For more information on this and other public transport services in the region, call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

By Train

Tiverton Parkway Train Station is located between Sampford Peverell and M5 Junction 27, six miles from Tiverton. The station is served by most trains approaching from Exeter and Taunton. The Canal is half a mile from the station. Take the road away from the station, following the brown signs to the Canal, passing the farm shop and bearing right at the fork before the main road. Cross the main road and follow the track opposite which leads to the Boehill Slipway and the towpath.

By Car

The Canal Basin in Tiverton is well-signposted from the A361 North Devon Link Road and the A396 Exe valley road from Exeter. For access to the central section of the Canal either leave the M5 at Junction 27 and follow the A361 North Devon Link Road, taking the first exit to Sampford Peverell; or take the road from Tiverton to Halberton, passing Blundell’s School. To access the northern end of the Canal leave the M5 on Junction 27, follow the A38 towards Wellington and follow signs to Burlescombe.

Car parks and access points throughout the Country Park

  • Tiverton Canal Basin Car Park - EX16 4HX
    (Please note: This is a Pay and Display car park - charges are £1.50 for 2 hours or £3 all day. An annual parking permit is also available for £20 per year. Facilities include:Visitor Information Centre, Horse-drawn Barge Trips, Cafes, Boat Hire, Gift Shop and Toilets)
  • Manley Car Park - EX16 4NJ
  • Crownhill Picnic Site - EX16 7AY
  • Tiverton Road Bridge Car Park - EX16 7AY
  • Greenway Bridge Car Park - EX16 7AE
    (Facilities in the area include: Cycle hire, Farm shop and Cafe)
  • Sampford Peverell Picnic Site - EX16 7BT
    (Facilities in the area include: Play area, Pubs and Toilets)
  • Ebear Bridge - EX16 7HN
  • Fossend Bridge Car Park - EX16 7JQ
  • Beech Car Park - EX16 7JD
  • Lowdwells Lock Car Park - TA21 0JY