The Grand Western Canal Country Park is a fantastic place to visit – the towpath is flat and suitable for pushchairs, bikes and wheelchairs, and there are several free car parks and access points along it’s route.
The canal basin in Tiverton provides a pay and display car park, a visitor’s centre, a tea room and a play area. This is where boat trips and educational visits start too. The canal is home to one of the last horse-drawn barges in the UK. You can read more here.
The visitor’s centre is small but has plenty to interest children, and it’s a good place to pick up maps and information leaflets too.
We cycled from the canal basin to Halberton, incorporating the Swan’s Neck Circular, to create a loop and enjoying a stop off at Ivan’s Café, to redul with cakes and hit chocolates to get us back to the start!
On our return leg, we also diverted from the towpath at Manley Bridge to create a loop using an old railway line that is part of National Cycle Network Route 3. We made our way back to the towpath through quiet residential roads once the railway line ends, but be warned, the hill is steep!
Tiverton itself has lots to offer and we can really recommend the museum and library if you’re looking for some indoor fun to complete your trip!