The Grand Western Canal provides a quiet and relaxing venue with a good range of coarse angling opportunities. Of particular note are the summer Tench and winter Pike and Perch fishing. An excellent mixed fishery presenting a good challenge to anglers of all abilities with plenty of opportunities to find a quiet spot and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Angling platforms, are located at various points through the park, allowing suitable, safe access for the less-abled angler.

Angling rights on the Grand Western Canal are leased to the Tiverton and District Angling Club. To fish on the canal you must have both an Environment Agency Rod Licence and a Tiverton and District Angling Club Licence.

Environment Agency Rod Licence

You must have a rod fishing licence if you’re fishing for freshwater fish with a rod and line on the Grand Western Canal. You can get a fine of up to £2,500 if you’re fishing in these areas and cannot show a valid rod fishing licence when asked.

Children under 13 do not need a licence. Licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free. You’ll still need to get a junior licence.

You can buy a 1-day, 8-day or 12-month Adult, Concessionary (over 65 or disabled) or Junior licence (13 – 16 years).  Available from:

Environment Agency Rod Licences

Tiverton and District Angling Club Licence

Season runs from 1st January to 31st December. There is no closed season.


Full Season Adult £35
Full Season Concessionary £28
Full Season Junior ( For anglers aged 17 years and under as at the 1st of January of the current year) £5
Day Tickets Adult/Concessionary £6

Licences are available from:

  • Heard and Sendell
    The Old Sawmills, Leat Street, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 5LF
    Tel: 01884 258099
    (Open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm Sat 9.00am to 12.30pm)
    (selling TDAC licences and fishing bait)
  • Culm Valley Angling
    Unit 11, Alexandria Industrial Estate, Cullompton, Devon EX15 1BW
    Tel: 01884 839273
    (Open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm)
    (selling TDAC licences, fishing tackle, accessories, clothing and fresh /frozen bait)
  • Bulpins Newsagents
    18 West Exe North, Tiverton EX16 5LX
    Tel: 01884 253010
    (Open Mon – Sat 7:30am – 6:30pm, Sun 8am – 5pm)
    (selling TDAC licences – mornings only)
  • Sampford Peverell Spar shop
    3A The Mews, Smithy’s Way, Sampford Peverell, Devon EX16 7FB
    Tel: 01884 829535
    (selling TDAC licences)
  • Minnows Touring Park 
    Off M5 Junction 27, Sampford Peverell, Devon EX16 7EN
    Tel: 01884 821770
    (Open March – Oct)
    (selling TDAC licences to touring park residents only)
  • Lakeside Caravan Park
    Exebridge, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9BE
    Tel: 01398 324068
    (Open March – Oct)
    (selling TDAC licences to touring park residents only)
  • Enterprise Angling
    42 East Reach, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3ES
    Tel: 01823 282623
    (Open Tues – Sat 9am – 4pm)
    (selling TDAC licences, fishing tackle, accessories, clothing and fresh /frozen bait)

​Anglers Code of Conduct

  • Please ensure that your tackle does not impede other towpath users, and, if using extendable poles, please move them promptly when walkers or cyclists are approaching.
  • Take care not to snag your fishing tackle on offside vegetation.
  • Please take all litter home with you
  • Do not dig the banks.
  • To encourage safer and more considerate use of the towpath by all towpath users the Grand Western Canal Country Park Ranger Service has a Towpath Code of Conduct. The code explains the behaviour expected of all towpath users.
  • For any other information on angling please visit

Grand Western Canal Fish Information

Pike from the CanalThe following document provides useful information for anglers and those who are interested in the fish species in the canal. Each page gives a description and average adult size of the fish and some angling information.

Grand Western Canal Fish Information