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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Country Park remains open and following government announcements in late June, a number of canal facilities and business will be re-opening as summarised in the table below, all subject to ongoing social distancing and self isolation guidance:

OPEN
Public toilets in the Canal Basin, TivertonLadies, Gents and Accessible toilets all now open for Canal visitors to use.
Canal Basin Play Park, TivertonOpen from Monday 6th July
Sampford Peverell picnic site Trim TrailNew Trim Trail open from Monday 6th July
Canal Tea Rooms and Gardens, Canal Basin, TivertonOpen daily 10.30am – 5pm from Saturday 4th July
AnglingAngling allowed as normal (permit required – see Fishing page), although no matches taking place.
BoatingBoating allowed as normal (permit required – see Boating page).  Overnight stays on boats now permitted.
CLOSED
Tiverton Canal Co, Canal Basin Tiverton (Horse-drawn barge trips, Ducks Ditty floating café, gift shop and boat hire)The Tiverton Canal Co have announced that due to Covid-19 they will remain closed this year, but look forward to opening in Easter 2021.
Canal Visitor Centre, Canal Basin, TivertonCurrently closed but anticipated to reopen mid-late July.

We are asking that social distancing guidelines are followed at all times, staying at least 1m apart from others and 2m when possible, and keeping dogs under control. Please do not congregate on the towpath and allow space for others to pass.

The Canal Ranger Service has continued to work full-time throughout the lockdown, mainly focusing on mowing the edges of the towpath, to maximise the available width; and operating the weedboat, to ensure the canal channel is as clear as possible. Please continue to be 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 11 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
  • 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’. However, 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 lots of 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 Play Area (not part of the Country Park).

Sampford Peverell Play Area

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.

Canal activities near East Manley Bridge (John Morton)