Take a trip on one of England’s last horse-drawn barges

Tiverton, Devon

Explore the Grand Western Canal on one of England’s last horse drawn barges, and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Devon countryside.

The Grand Western Canal meanders its way through 11 miles of agricultural land and small pockets of woodland. Once used largely for the carriage of limestone, the Canal Country Park is now designated a Local Nature Reserve, home to a variety of birdlife including swans, ducks, kingfishers and reed warblers.

Explore this tranquil waterway on foot or by bicycle, or climb aboard the ‘Tivertonian’, a traditionally painted barge pulled by a shire horse in colourful harness and brasses, operated by the Tiverton Canal Co. Public trips on the barge run from April to October.

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