Outing – Horse-drawn barge on Tiverton Canal

September 21, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Tiverton Canal
Tiverton Canal Company
The Wharf, Canal Hill
Tiverton EX16 4HX
Gwyneth Garner
01392 881330

Since this is one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in Great Britain, it offers a truly unique and memorable living heritage experience of a time before steam.


Boarding starts at 11 a.m. The barge leaves at 11.30, and returns at 1.00 p.m. There is a licensed bar/cafe onboard, with beer, cider, wine, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee, ice cream and canal gifts. Please note that it is cash only – no cards. There is also a toilet on board the barge.  This will be a public trip, so we shall be sharing the barge. The cost of the barge is approximately £15, so please ensure you bring sufficient cash.

Afterwards some of us may wish to adjourn to Ducks Ditty Bar, which is permanently moored at Tiverton Canal.  It offers the same range of food and drink as served onboard, as well as Devon-made hot pasties. http://canaltearooms.co.uk/

Let’s hope for better weather than we had ten years ago, when we last did this trip!

Tiverton Canal Company         Tel. 01884  253 345     www.tivertoncanal.co.uk


By car: The canal is south-east of the town centre. Approach along Great Western Way (A396) and then turn up Old Road which leads into Canal Hill. The canal is on your left, and there is plenty of parking space (Parking charge – £3 – goes towards funding and maintaining the canal).

By bus: There is a half-hourly bus service (55/155) from Exeter to Tiverton. For instance, the 10.00 bus arrives in Tiverton at 10.37. It is a 10-minute walk to Canal Hill, or else take the 353 Dartline bus at 10.45 which reaches Canal Hill at 10.50.

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