Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated on 29/3/21

As of 29th March 2021:

  • People will be allowed to meet outside in groups of up to six, or as two households
  • The stay-at-home rule has ended, although the government asks that people stay local as much as possible
  • People must continue to observe social distancing

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 to recommence mid-May

Ducks Ditty floating cafe-bar to reopen late June

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

Canal Tea Rooms and Gardens
(Canal Basin, Tiverton)

Open for take-away from 1st April (10.30am – 5pm, seven days a week)

Eat-in in the garden open from 12th April


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 minimising travel, social distancing and gathering limits as outlined above.


Angling is allowed subject to minimising travel, social distancing and gathering limits as outlined above.


Unpowered boating (kayaks, canoes, SUPs etc) is allowed subject to minimising travel, social distancing and gathering limits as outlined above.

Powered boating is allowed from 29th March for a single household or bubble in enclosed boats, or for two households or 6 people in an open boat, provided social distancing can be maintained between people  / different households.   No overnight stays permitted onboard until 12th April, after which point it is anticipated that this will be permitted.

From no earlier than 17 May, indoor mixing on your boat 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:
• social distancing guidelines are followed at all times, staying at least 1m apart from others and 2m when possible
• Dogs are kept under control.
• People do not congregate on the towpath and allow space for others to pass.
• 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 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 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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