Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated on 17.5.21

As of 17th May 2021:

  • Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • New guidance on meeting friends and family emphasises personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

The table below summarises the current situation with regard to facilities and activities within the Country Park during the lockdown.

Facilities and businesses
Open or closed
Public Toilets (Canal Basin, Tiverton) Open
Play Park (Canal Basin, Tiverton) Open
Canal Visitor Centre (Canal Basin, Tiverton) Closed
Tiverton Canal Co (Canal Basin, Tiverton)

Horse-drawn barge trips expected to recommence 21 June

Ducks Ditty floating cafe-bar expected to reopen late June

For latest news on reopening go to www.tivertoncanal.co.uk

Canal Tea Rooms and Gardens
(Canal Basin, Tiverton)

Fully open, with social distancing in place for the indoor tables.


Trim Trail (Sampford Peverell Picnic Site) Open
Canal car parks All open
Recreation activities

Walking, dog-walking and cycling 

Walking, dog-walking and cycling are allowed subject to gathering limits as outlined above.


Angling is allowed subject to gathering limits as outlined above.


Unpowered boating (kayaks, canoes, SUPs etc) is allowed subject to gathering limits as outlined above.

Powered boating is allowed subject to gathering limits as outlined above.  This means that with open boats there is a maximum of 30 people on board (but must be no more than legal capacity of the boat).  For enclosed boats indoor mixing will be allowed with up to six people or, if it is more people, two households.

Full details on the guidance for boating during Covid restrictions can be found here

The Canal Ranger Service has continues to work full-time managing and maintaining the Country Park

We continue to ask that:
• Dogs are kept under control.
• Visitors are kind and considerate to other Country Park users and to the canal’s wildlife

  • gnet-hatched-from-a-nest-in-my-garden-Anthony-Nixon
  • Pond dipping by Jo Roberts
  • Mid Devon Moorings
  • Crownhill picnic site
  • Canal Basin by (Phil Brind)
  • Play park kids by Mark Baker

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders for eleven and a quarter miles through beautiful countryside and quiet villages between the market town of Tiverton and the hamlet of Lowdwells (near the Somerset border).

The park features:
  • Horse-drawn barge trips
  • Cafés
  • Canal-themed play park
  • Visitor centre
  • Boat hire
  • 11 1/4 miles of flat, surfaced towpath
  • Marina moorings (non residential)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Picnic sites
  • Car parks

Horse-drawn barge on canal (Christian Schoter)

The canal’s story covers over 200 years of fascinating heritage, with many of its original features and buildings still surviving. Many people know the park locally as the ‘Tiverton Canal’. The Canal is probably best known for the horse drawn barge, Tivertonian, run by the Tiverton Canal Co. that has been taking visitors for a leisurely cruise for more than 40 years.

Swans and cygnets on the Canal by Ebear Bridge

Owned by Devon County Council and managed as both a Country Park and a Local Nature Reserve, the park is a haven for wildlife as it offers a range of habitats including woodland, hedgerows, open water and ponds.

A well surfaced towpath adjacent to the Canal, provides ample opportunities for walking, running and cycling. Rangers have installed over 150 benches throughout the park, to provide ideal places for visitors to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Families visiting the park can learn about the Canal’s history in our interactive Visitor Centre or enjoy playing on the Canal themed Play Park at the Canal Basin. Alternatively, if you’re venturing further along the Canal, then why not enjoy a picnic at one of our many picnic sites or have fun at the Sampford Peverell Trim Trail.

Activities such as boating, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding are all popular on the canal. The park also offers a quiet and relaxing venue for angling, and is especially noted for its summer tench fishing. Please note: You will need to purchase a permit in advanced to do these activities within the Country Park.

To help you plan your visit to the Country Park, please download our Visitor Information Guide.


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