Grand Western Canal

Grand Western Canal, Tiverton: Address, Phone Number, Grand Western Canal Reviews: 4.5/5

Grand Western Canal
4.5
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The Grand Western Canal Country Park meanders through 11 1/4 miles of beautiful mid-Devon countryside between Tiverton and Lowdwells (near the Somerset border). Declared a Country Park in 1971 and a Local Nature Reserve in 2005, the canal is a wonderfully relaxing place for a peaceful walk or cycle ride along the towpath, or even take a ride onboard the much-loved horse-drawn barge that has been taking passengers for trips along the canal since 1974. The abundance of wildlife and scenic landscape that characterise the Canal today make it a great place to enjoy walking, cycling, boating, fishing and picnics.
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RichJTW
Somerset, UK130 contributions
Great walks
May 2021
Lovely place to take a long or short walk. Always see kingfishers on the canal here so walk slowly and watch for the flash of blue.
Written 13 May 2021
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Susannah P
Tiverton, UK1,568 contributions
Beautiful canal
May 2021 • Friends
Beautiful canal running over 11 miles. Perfect for walks, cycling, running or even paddle boarding.

As you gradually walk away from Tiverton, the tow path becomes quieter and more the scenery is stunning. Views change with the light and time of day, and by season to season.

Kingfishers can be seen, swans, ducks and geese.

Highly recommended.
Written 7 May 2021
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Sunshine_charlie
Tiverton, UK9 contributions
A Gem in Mid Devon
Mar 2021 • Solo
The Grand Western Canal had saved me in the last year to refind the gem throughout lockdown, so pretty and to relax to get away from 4walls a see this beauty. Big thank you to all that make it all a lovely place
Written 30 March 2021
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Zoe
6 contributions
Leash
Mar 2021 • Family
There are many pets without leash. The information center is closed. It is full of menacing pets. Not good for youngsters.
Written 13 March 2021
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Joann
Cullompton, UK2 contributions
So pretty
Oct 2020
Lovely place to walk. Swans and ducks aplenty. Saw a kingfisher too! Plenty of dog poo bins around..
Written 16 December 2020
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Susannah P
Tiverton, UK1,568 contributions
Idyllic
Dec 2020 • Solo
Beautiful secluded canal with tow path running beside it for its 11 mile length.

Super for walkers, runners, cyclists (dismount please when approaching bridges to avoid cycling into walkers!).

Great birdlife, including sighting kingfishers on several occasions just before dusk.

Pubs in route too, many benches, and great views.
Written 5 December 2020
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Vik M
Isle of Wight, UK8 contributions
Sunday afternoon stroll
Sep 2020 • Couples
Wanted a walk to exercise the dogs. Walked from the end of the canal to the aqueduct 2.5 miles away and and back, 5 miles in total.
Main car park full bit found a space in the next road up for free.
No pubs or cafe along this stretch of the canal. you can only walk on one side of the canal as houses the other side but nice to see a variety of back gardens along our walk.
Horse drawn canal boat rides are available so I imagine it can be stressful for dog and horse owners when this is operating.
Didn’t see any toilets a long the route apart from a block in the main car park.
Lots of places to stop to picnic or just enjoy the view.
Written 27 September 2020
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Martin
18 contributions
Pleasant afternoon stroll
Sep 2020 • Couples
Pay and display car park signposted from nearby roads, but plenty of free parking in surrounding residential streets. Got parked straight away in a nearby road, even on a Sunday when everybody is out, and the main car park looked full.

Lovely walk alongside the canal. Flat wheelchair/pushchair friendly surface to walk on. Plenty of opportunities to join/leave the path to/from neighbouring streets. Information boards scattered along the path at various points of interest. Various benches and seats along the path to take a breather.

The section we walked (from Tiverton to the railway acqeduct) only had a towpath on one side. Not sure if this is the case along the whole canal. No cafes or pubs along this section, in case you fancy a swift half!

For dog owners, note during the summer months horses may be found along the tow path working barges. At various points, such as bridges, the path is very narrow and apparently, the horses cannot stop!

Overall, a very pleasant 2 hours spent
Written 27 September 2020
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allertonlad
Northallerton, UK1,224 contributions
Picturesque walking area
Sep 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed a walk along the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton, on a beautiful sunny September day. Sadly the horse drawn barge wasn't in operation, but it was good to visit anyway. Some lovely properties back on to the water, and the fishing looks to be reasonably priced.
Written 20 September 2020
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Mark D
St Ives, UK206 contributions
Walk the dog
Sep 2020 • Couples
On holidays nearby and found this on google so thought a nice day out. It was ok but cut short as half of it wasn’t open (Covid) also says dogs must be on a lead but most of the dogs were running around with owners not really keeping them in check! My dog doesn’t like other dogs and doesn’t want them coming up in her face. As a result she snapped at one that did this and was the slagged of for being vicious! Really our fault. No. So be careful as the a lot of selfish (my dogs
Goody too shoes) walkers there.

Written 17 September 2020
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