Peace and tranquillity on a horse-drawn barge canal cruise

Jul 8, 2024 | Valleyside News

This month marks the 50th anniversary of when the Tiverton Canal company’s horse-drawn barge canal cruise started. This living heritage attraction is one of the last remaining in Great Britain and like us they also won an award at the 2023-24 Devon Tourism awards receiving a bronze in the small visitor attraction category. It is just a 10 minute drive from our glamping site and an activity the whole family can experience!

We have enjoyed a couple of trips on the horse-drawn barge canal cruise and there is lots of wildlife to spot and hear – you can expect to see swans and ducks and may even see a Kingfisher flash by. On board they have a very cute bar selling local Devon tipples and snacks. You can also buy duck food so you can feed them as you sail by. Our highlights video gives you an idea of what you can expect…

Tiverton Canal Company

The cruises are on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between April and October and also on Friday’s during August. There are either 1.5 hour or 2.5 hour trips available. On the longer trip you get to disembark and meet one of the three Shire horses – Ross, George or Brindley who pull you along the Grand Western Canal. At the start of the cruise, and in some parts during, you get to hear about the past workings of the canal providing some interesting historical facts and anecdotes.

You board the barge at the canal basin where there are other attractions including a play area for younger children, boat hire, the canal gift shop and Ducks Ditty Bar – a floating canal side bar and café.

Tiverton Canal Co_adults and kids 2

The Tiverton Canal company’s 50th birthday anniversary is taking place this weekend – 13th July – with bands, swing boats, food and craft stalls. Good news we have availability if you would like to book a last minute glamping break with us to join in the celebrations!




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