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 with above average stocking levels, means that the Canal presents 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 can buy a 1-day, 8-day or 12-month Adult, Concessionary (over 65 or disabled) or Junior licence (12 – 16 years). Children under 12 don’t need a licence. Available from:

Environment Agency Rod Licence



Tiverton and District Angling Club Licence

You can buy a 1-day Adult or Concessionary licence; or a 12-month Adult, Concessionary (over 65 or disabled) or Junior licence (anyone under the age of 17 as at the 1st of January of the year in question). 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
    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
    01884 253010
    (Open Mon – Sat 7:30am – 6:30pm, Sun 8am – 5pm)
    (selling TDAC licences – mornings only)
  • Minnows Touring Park 
    Off M5 Junction 27, Sampford Peverell
    Tel: 01884 821770
    (Open March – Oct)
    (selling TDAC licences)
  • Sampford Peverell Spar shop
    Lower town, Sampford Peverell, EX16 7FB.
    Tel: 01884 829535
    (selling TDAC licences)

Tiverton and District Angling Club Licences prices are:

Season runs from 1st January to 31st December.


Full Season Adult £32
Full Season Concessionary £25
Full Season Junior £5
Day Tickets Adult/Concessionary £6

This is payable by any junior under the age of 17 as at the 1st of January of the current year. 

From 2018, day tickets for juniors and free licences for the under 10s will no longer be available.

Please note:

  • There is no closed season.
  • 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 and do not dig the banks.

To encourage safer and more considerate use of the towpath by anglers, walkers and cyclists the Grand Western Canal Country Park Ranger Service has launched a Towpath Code of Conduct. The code explains the behaviour expected of all towpath users and reminds people that horse riding and motorcycle use are not permitted on the towpath.

Grand Western Canal fish information

The 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.