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Grand Western Canal

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Address: The Moorings Canal Hill | Canal Hill, Tiverton EX16 4HX, England
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The Grand Western Canal Country Park meanders through 11 1/4 miles of...

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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Nice place on a sunny day

Me and my partner spent a great few hours here. We got amazing ice cream (clotted cream and blackberry flavour was amazing!) from the floating cafe and rented a boat so we could... read more

Reviewed July 10, 2016
Sara N
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Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Me and my partner spent a great few hours here. We got amazing ice cream (clotted cream and blackberry flavour was amazing!) from the floating cafe and rented a boat so we could row along the canal. It was also very relaxing to go walking along to canal too so plenty to do.

Thank Sara N
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

Lovely, scenic walk along the Western Canal. Just be aware that it is a small path which is also used by cyclists and as the path is bendy you don't see them until the last minute

Thank 1Kayla
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

Not only a lovely walk along the canal, but chance to see the horse-drawn barge - always great to see. Peaceful, great views and you can walk for miles if you want to.

Thank Suzanne H
Fareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2016

stayed just off the tow path what a lovley spot for a walk or two walk between towns have a coffee or beer stop. Tow path was very well kept up even had a horse drawn barge pass us by jest fab sopt

Thank jonnyboy78
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 20, 2016

It was pouring with rain, but we had the best time (we come here frequently and love it whatever the weather - no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong clothes!!) We saw a heron, woodpecker, a moorhen family, kingfisher, many tiny froglets jumping across the path to get to the gardens on the other side of the... More 

Thank LittleBear1956
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We were very much helped by the weather on our trip which was stunning, but we thoroughly enjoyed our walk along the canal. It was very peaceful and the locals that were also walking, running or riding their bikes were incredibly friendly. The ice cream from the canal restaurant was also rather yummy!

Thank vjolly949
south coast
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Reviewed May 30, 2016

This trip was arranged as part of a group holiday. The barge was not equipped with tables which made our cream tea rather difficult because we had to collect it on a plastic tray from the bar and then balance it on our knees!! Other members of the public, who were not having tea, were kind enough to help those... More 

Thank Bigglesbabe
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Reviewed May 30, 2016

Went for a walk along the towpath which is in good condition. You can also get on a horse drawn barge for a fee. Moored cafe and information centre about the history of the canal. Car park close by again a charge.

Thank Richard T
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed May 26, 2016

We enjoyed seeing this sight and had a lovely walk along the edges, seeing the wild flowers, the little families of ducks and the pretty boat full of pensioners being pulled along.

Thank 84rose
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 26, 2016

Easy level walking on the outskirts of Tiverton - and out into the countryside. The route there is well sign-posted and there's a public pay car park right next to the canal and the information point.

Thank Martin T

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