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).

Swan and Cygnets
Photo: Anthony Nixon

The park features:

  • Horse drawn barge trips
  • Cafés
  • Play area (coming soon)
  • Visitor centre
  • Boat hire
  • Marina moorings (non residential)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Picnic areas
  • Car parks
Horse-drawn barge on the canal
Photo: Christian Schoter

The canal is perhaps best known for its horse-drawn barge, Tivertonian. Visitors have been enjoying the tranquillity 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.

Pond dipping
Photo: Jo Roberts


Today the canal is 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 wheelchair / mobility buggy, by bike 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.

Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve is owned and managed by Devon County Council.