Grand Western Canal – Devon


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The Grand Western Canal provides wonderful level walks and bike rides along its nature-adorned tow paths.  It extends for eleven and a quarter miles from the basin in Tiverton, East Devon, through quaint and charming villages to Lowdwells, near the Somerset border.

Perhaps the greatest attraction on the Canal is the much-loved horse-drawn barge based at the start of the canal in Tiverton.  It is a beautiful wide beam, 75-seater horse-drawn barge and the same boat has been taking passengers for trips along the canal since 1974.  The Devon section of the GW Canal is now a designated country park.

My photographs below were taken on a beautiful summer afternoon when I undertook a trip on the ‘Tivertonian’.

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I have covered some of this information before on one of my blogs, which can be viewed by clicking on: ‘The Canal Horse’

The video below was made by The BBC, ‘One of the Last Horse Drawn Barges in the UK’ was filmed on the Grand Western Canal in Devon UK.

 

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4 thoughts on “Grand Western Canal – Devon

  1. Lovely photos, and I enjoyed everything about the video – from the beautiful horses to the busy little pooch. A trip on a horse-drawn barge sounds like a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

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  2. How absolutely wonderful! Brings back very happy memories of a boat trip I took along the Grand Union Canal years ago. Cx

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