How to get there - From the M 5, Junction 27, take the A 361 towards Barnstaple. Take the A 396 to Tiverton and follow the brown canal signs to the Tiverton Basin.
For those with SatNav a nearby postcode is EX16 4HT.
Get a map with driving directions to start (enter the postcode of your starting point at A)
Suggested Launch Site - There is a pay car park, toilets, the teashop, and the start for narrow boat trips. The office to pay for the boating permit is on the far side of the canal from the car park.
Description - The Grand Western Canal is about 11.3 miles long. It is a rural contour canal with no locks.
Last November, after paying for a permit at the office, I launched at the basin and headed east. After gardens and the outskirts of Tiverton the canal became very rural. There was very little canal traffic, one canadian only. In places the weeds had grown from the bottom to the surface impeding progress slightly. In compensation I had never seen so many kingfishers per mile! There were many possible summer picnic places with good views.
After about 6 miles I came to Sampford Peverell and the pub landing. The Globe Inn serves food weekdays and weekends, but it gets fairly full at weekend lunchtimes. I stopped for a hot lunch etc., then paddled back to the start point.
Total distance about 12.5 miles, but the weed made it feel like a little further. No locks.
Comments on this trip
Neil sparkes 06 Dec 2017
Paddled 4/5/17Got there early and it was like canoeing on glass.Nice easy paddle with loads of kingfishers buzzing around.. the swans are dodgy and did attack me as I paddled past.. one of them followed me for around 50 yards and was obviously not happy about me being there.. be warned!Lovely quiet canal and I will be returning again very soon.Didnt quite make the pub so thats my next trip #128522;
Obi one canoeby 05 Aug 2014
£3 for parking £5 for permit great day outmust do it again.
Nigel 24 Sep 2009
Thanks we are loading the boat on the roof and are off to give it a try
Alan Barnstable 29 Sep 2008
Did the whole length of canal during weekend of 27/28 Sep, lovely weather, and very scenic. Water is absolutely clear and easy to see thousands of roach, perch, and jack pike. Didn't see any other boats.
Chris Vincent, Ilfracombe Devon 10 Feb 2007
Thanks for this information, really useful, I shall give the canal a visit later this year.