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:
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.
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
- Canal themed play park
- Visitor centre
- Boat hire
- Marina moorings (non residential)
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Picnic sites
- Car parks
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.
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).
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.