Byelaws and codes of conduct

Use of the Country Park is governed by the Grand Western Canal Country Park Byelaws which were most recently revised in 1999.

The Grand Western Canal Country Park Ranger Service has two codes of conduct in place to encourage the safe and considerate use of both the towpath and the Canal channel by all Canal users:

  • Towpath code of conduct  – has been included in our Visitor Guide and is displayed in a poster format within all out notice boards along the towpath.
  • Waterway code of conduct  – has been published as a leaflet which will be given to all boaters and anglers when they buy their permits and as a poster that will be placed in several of the noticeboards along the towpath.

Please note

  • Both codes of conduct have been developed in partnership with groups and individuals representing the boating, angling and wildlife interests on the Canal and has been endorsed by the Canal’s Joint Advisory Committee.
  • Swimming is not permitted in the Canal.
  • A horse-drawn barge operates between the Canal Basin in Tiverton and Tiverton Road Bridge near Halberton.  Cyclists must dismount and walk under the canal’s bridges within this section as you cannot see what is coming the other way and stopping the horse could lead to the barge losing steering and crashing.  At all other bridges, pedestrians have right of way and cyclist must take great care passing under the bridges.  Dismounting and walking is advised.

Electric bikes

Electric bikes must meet the following criteria in order to have the same legal standing as regular non-assisted bikes and to be allowed on roads, bike paths and other places (including canal towpaths) where bicycles are allowed under UK law:

• Electric assistance can only be provided to a maximum of 25km/h (15.5mph)
• The motor used must be of no more than 250 watts (maximum continuous rated power)
• The bikes pedals must be in motion for motor assistance to be provided
• The rider must be 14 years of age or over

Electric bikes which do not meet these criteria are not allowed on the Grand Western Canal Country Park towpath.


Devon County Council’s Public Rights of Way Drone Code states that drones cannot be used within 50 metres of a public right of way.  As all of the Country Park is within 50m of the towpath (which is a Public Right of Way) drone use is not permitted within the Country Park, unless by special licence from Devon County Council for a specific date and purpose .

Balloon and Lantern Releases

Devon County Council has adopted a policy to avoid the release of balloons and lanterns on DCC land and at DCC events, due to the safety and littering impacts.   The Grand Western Canal Country Park is owned by Devon County Council, and so the release of balloons and lanterns will not be permitted within the park.