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Grand Western Canal

Description of Grand Western Canal: Runs for 11.36 miles north-east of Tiverton. Open to unpowered and powered boats.

History of Grand Western Canal: Promoted under Acts of 1796, 1811 and 1812. Opened in 1814, Taunton extension opened in 1838. Abandoned from Lowdwells to Taunton in 1864 and from Lowdwells to Tiverton in 1962.In June 1971 ownership was transferred from British Waterways to Devon County Council.
For more details see the History page.

Navigation Authority: : Devon County Council, Canal Ranger Service, The Moorings, Canal Hill, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4HX : Telephone 01884 254072 : Fax 01884 255935 : Email gwcanal@devon.gov.uk :

Related Books of Grand Western Canal

Related External Web Sites of Grand Western Canal

  • The Tiverton Canal Company Explore the Grand Western Canal aboard a traditionally painted Horse-drawn barge, a floating café-bar, gift shop and day boats, rowing boats and Canadian canoes for hire.
  • Mid Devon Moorings Moorings on the Grand Western Canal.
  • The Grand Western Canal Country Park Declared a Country Park in 1971 and a Local Nature Reserve in 2005, the canal is owned and managed by Devon County Council, in partnership with Mid Devon District Council.
  • The Grand Western Canal Trust The Grand Western Canal Trust was established in 1988 to preserve and enhance this unique waterway for the enjoyment of all users.
  • Abbotshood Cycle Hire Adult Tricycles, Tandem, Mountain Bikes and Comfort Bikes on the Grand Western Canal.

Grand Western Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Tiverton

Eastern Side of Tiverton

0

0

N

SS963124

114

Tidcombe Bridge

0.6

0

N

SS974122

114

Warnicombe Bridge

1.3

0

N

SS981121

114

Manley Bridge

1.6

0

N

SS987122

114

East Manley Bridge

2

0

N

SS993121

114

Crownhill Bridge

2.6

0

N

SS997127

114

Tiverton Road Bridge

Between Tiverton and Halberton

3

0

N

SS998131

114

Sellake Bridge

4.3

0

N

ST002136

114

Greenway Bridge

Halberton

4.5

0

N

ST008132

128

Swing Bridge

4.8

0

N

ST011131

128

Rock Bridge

5

0

N

ST016131

128

Battens Bridge

5.6

0

N

ST023136

128

Sampford Peverell Bridge

Sampford Peverell

6.3

0

N

ST030142

128

Buckland Bridge

6.6

0

N

ST034145

128

Boehill Bridge

6.9

0

N

ST038148

128

Holbrook Bridge

7.1

0

N

ST042149

128

Ayshford Bridge

7.6

0

N

ST048151

128

Westcott Bridge

8.3

0

N

ST056158

128

Ebear Bridge

Westleigh

8.8

0

N

ST060164

128

Fossend Bridge

Burlescombe

9.6

0

N

ST070171

128

Fenacre Bridge

10.1

0

N

ST071177

128

Whipcott Bridge

10.6

0

N

ST071185

128

Waytown Tunnel

11

0

N

ST070191

128

Lowdwells

Hamlet at the end of the canal.

11.3

0

D

ST073196

128

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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