The 11 miles (18km) of the Grand Western Canal remaining in water is owned by Devon County Council and managed as a country park stretching between Tiverton and the Somerset border.
Although there are no residential moorings, a number of boats are present permanently on the Grand Western for use by visitors and trailed boats are always welcome. There is a well constructed slipway close to the M5 motorway. Boat permits can be obtained from the council via several local outlets – see the Devon County Council website for prices and details.
Some 300,000 visitors enjoy the wildlife, fishing and many other attributes of the canal and its rural setting in additon to boaters. One of the last remaining horse-drawn boats offers regular trips along the Grand Western between April and September and regular fun-days and other events use its amenities.
The Friends of the Grand Western Canal supports the Devon Rangers in managing activities, running festivals and generally promoting the Grand Western and conserves and interprets the Somerset section.
Read about the restoration of the Grand Western Canal.