Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:
The Country Park remains open, but we strongly encourage people to stay local and strictly observe government guidance relating to social distancing measures. Please do not congregate, keep moving and allow space for others to pass. As this crisis continues we will keep this under constant review and ask everyone to act responsibly.
The following are closed until further notice:
- The Tiverton Canal Co. (which runs the horse-drawn barge, the Duck’s Ditty floating café-bar, the Old Stable gift shop and the canoe / rowing boat hire facility)
- The Canal Tea Rooms and Gardens
- The Canal Basin Visitor Centre
- Play Park
- Public Toilets
The following are prohibited / banned under current government restrictions:
Further updates will be posted as and when these details change.
The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders for 11¼ 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 areas
- Car parks
The canal is perhaps best known for its horse-drawn barge, Tivertonian. Visitors have been enjoying the tranquility of its leisurely cruises for more than 40 years. Many local people know it as the ‘Tiverton Canal’. The canal’s story covers 200 years of fascinating heritage. Many of its original features and buildings still survive.
Today the Grand Western Canal is owned and managed by Devon County Council as both a Country Park and a Local Nature Reserve. It is home to some special wildlife; and is a perfect place to explore on foot, by bike, by wheelchair / mobility buggy or by boat. Loved by visitors and locals, the canal provides a great day out to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. To help you plan your visit to the Country Park, please download our Visitor Information Guide.