The Grand Western Canal Country Park is situated in Mid Devon, 17 miles north of Exeter and 20 miles south west of Taunton.
For access to the Canal Basin and southern end of the CanalThe main entrance to the Country Park is the Canal Basin in Tiverton. Brown tourist signs with a Barge or Country Park logo, lead from the surrounding road network to the Canal Basin car park on Canal Hill.
For access to the central section of the CanalThe surrounding road network makes it possible to access the canal at regular intervals along its length
From Tiverton – take the road towards Halberton, passing Blundells School;
From the M5 – Turn off the M5 at Junction 27 and follow the A361 North Devon Link Road, taking the first exit to Sampford Peverell.
To access the northern end of the Canal
From the M5 – Turn off the M5 at Junction 27 and follow the A38 to Wellington and follow signs to Burlescombe.
Cycling is a popular way for families and individuals to access and explore the Country Park. National Cycle Network Route 3 follows much of the Canal. The towpath is flat, which makes it an accessible path for all, however cyclists must dismount and walk under bridges when indicated by signs and give way to pedestrians and the horses drawing the passenger barge at all times.
There are regular bus services to Tiverton from Exeter, Barnstaple, Crediton and Taunton.
Once at Tiverton Bus Station, the Canal Basin is a half mile walk up Canal Hill (the Tourist Information Centre – in the Museum close to the bus station – can give directions if necessary).
Alternatively you can catch the Tidcombe Circular bus service which stops just past the Canal Basin, at the top of Withy Close/Spurway Road, and at another access point near Tidcombe Bridge.
There are other regular bus services from Tiverton to Exeter (1) (1A) and from Tiverton to Taunton (22). All routes stop in Halberton, however only route (1) goes to Sampford Peverell and at Tiverton Parkway Train Station.
For more information and up to date bus timetables please visit Traveline South West or call 0871 200 22 33.
Tiverton Parkway Train Station is located between Sampford Peverell and M5 Junction 27, six miles from Tiverton. The station is served by most trains approaching from Exeter and Taunton.
Boehill Bridge on the Canal is only a half a mile walk away from the station.
Country Park Map
The Canal extends for eleven and a quarter miles (18km) from the Canal Basin in Tiverton, through the villages of Halberton, Sampford Peverell, and Burlescombe, to the hamlet of Lowdwells, close to the Somerset border.
Click on the map to enlarge it or alternatively download a map of the Grand Western Canal Country Park