Boating is recognised as an important leisure activity in the Country Park, and since early 2003, has been positively promoted as an attraction. Until recently very little motorised boating has occurred on the canal but in recent years improved facilities such as a boat hire, moorings, slipway, pump out and water supply points, plus an extensive dredging programme, has meant that it is an increasingly attractive proposition for many boaters seeking a peaceful, lock-free waterway.
However Devon County Council is committed to maintaining the superb natural environment and wildlife habitats found along the canal. Devon County Council seeks to ensure that increased boating activity does not harm the natural value of the canal. Therefore in addition to speed limits and engine size restrictions set out in the terms and conditions when boaters purchase their boat permit, Devon County Council actively encourages environmentally-friendly boating and is keen to promote initiatives such as The Green Blue, backed by the British Marine Federation and the Royal Yachting Association. The Green Blue is an exciting new environmental awareness initiative that is testing out practical projects, conducting research and providing advice, to help recreational boating go green.
For more information on good boating practice please refer to The Boaters Handbook which has been developed by British Waterways and the Environment Agency. This provides clear information on how to handle a boat safely and effectively. Please also refer to the Navigational Notes below and the Rules and Regulations given on the back of the boat permit, which are specific to the Grand Western Canal.
For those of you wishing to explore the canal using your own boat, Devon County Council requires a permit to be bought in advance. For prices and outlets that sell the permits please see below. (Please note: British Canoe Union membership does not apply on this waterway, so you will also need to buy a permit)
(any boat without an engine)
Short-term powered boats
(any powered boat without a paid mooring along the canal)
|Day||3 Days||Week||6 Months||Year|
|12ft and over||£15||£25||£35||£100||£130|
(any boat with a paid mooring - currently only available from 'Mid Devon Hire Boats and Moorings' (Tel: 01884 252178) or from the Ranger Service with a Mooring Agreement).
|0 - 3 Months||3 - 6 Months||1 Year|
|30ft and over||£100||£180||£280|
There is a 25% discount available for under-18 year olds purchasing permits for portable un-powered boats. There is also a 25% discount for groups of 4 or more purchasing permits for portable un-powered boats, but this cannot be combined with the under 18 discount, above.
Engine size must not exceed 2.5hp per metre length of boat (e.g. for a 4 metre long boat, the maximum engine size allowed is 10hp). The maximum speed limit is 4mph. All powered boats must have third party insurance to a value of £1m and all boats subject to the Boat Safety Scheme (those with internal fuel systems, gas or electricity systems) must have a valid boat safety certificate.
|Permits are available from the following outlets:|
|Boat Hire, Moorings and Services|
|Tiverton Canal Co.|
Devon EX16 4HX
T: 01884 253345
|Mid Devon Moorings|
Devon EX16 4NJ
T: 01884 252178
M: 0774 900 1631
The canal can be accessed via Boehill Slipway, close to M5 Junction 27. The slipway is based on the Inland Waterways Association and British Waterways guidelines for trail-boats; and can accommodate boats no larger than 7.5 metres in overall length and 2.2 metres in width. Car and trailer storage is available for a moderate charge at Minnows Caravan Park close to the slipway. A boater's water supply and chemical toilet emptying facilities are available at Minnows Caravan Park, Mid Devon Boat Hire and Moorings and also at the Grand Western Horseboat Company at its operating base in Tiverton basin. Small charges are also made for these facilities.
This landlocked Canal is full width, has one Lift Bridge, a height restriction of just under 2 metres, and is totally lock free.