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Grand Western Canal

Information for Disabled Visitors

The Country Park provides good access for wheelchair and mobility buggy users as the towpath is largely flat and even and is surfaced with compacted limestone chippings and dust. However, care is needed when passing under bridges, where the path is narrow (especially at Ayshford Bridge). There are steep concreted slopes immediately on either side of Waytown Tunnel that may cause difficulties for some visitors, mobility buggies and wheelchair users.

Tramper


Facilities for disabled visitors:

  • A ‘Tramper’ off-road mobility buggy (pictured left) is available to hire from Abbotshood Cycle Hire beside the Canal in Halberton. The buggy is provided as part of the Countryside Mobility (South West) scheme. Membership to the scheme is required, but once arranged, provides access to ‘Tramper’ mobility buggies and ‘Wheelyboats’ located at countryside sites throughout the South West.

  • Abbotshood Cycle Hire also offers a number of innovative trikes and bikes for disabled users.

  • The Canal Basin and car park provide good disabled facilities with ramps and handrails provided. The car park has five parking bays for disabled drivers. The public toilets in this car park included a toilet for disabled users, accessed with a RADAR key.
  • There is also a toilet for disabled users, opened with a RADAR key, in Sampford Peverell beside the village car park.
Fishing by Greenway Bridge
  • Entry to the Country Park at all the main access points (particularly beside road bridges) has been improved in recent years through the installation of two-way, self-closing gates.

  • Four fishing platforms for anglers in wheelchairs have been installed at points along the canal. These are found near Crownhill Bridge, Tiverton Road Bridge,Greenway Bridge and Ebear Bridge.

For further information or assistance, please contact the Ranger Service (Tel. 01884 254072).