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Welcome to Mid Devon Moorings

Mid Devon Moorings (formally Mid Devon Hire Boats & Moorings) has its home on the Grand Western Canal Country Park and local nature reserve, which meanders through the picturesque and beautiful Devon countryside.

The canal extends for eleven and a quarter miles from the basin in Tiverton through quaint and charming villages up to Lowdwells (near the Somerset border). The canal provides wonderful level walks and bike rides along its miles of nature adorned tow paths. There is a slipway for those that would like to take to the water, or you could experience a ride on-board the much-loved horse-drawn barge that has been taking passengers for trips along the canal since 1974.

About the Canal

The origins of the canal come about as part of an ambitious plan to link the Bristol Channel to the English Channel. The Grand Western Canal was proposed as a way to stop shipping sailing around the perilous Cornish peninsular and providing a route for transporting goods, including coal from South Wales into Somerset and Devon.

The section from Tiverton to the Limestone quarries at Westleigh (known locally as the Tiverton Canal) was completed in 1814, but due to the use of steep embankments and deep cuttings (to keep the canal level) the cost spiralled; as a result the next section to Taunton was delayed for a good many years, by this time plans of continuing south and linking to the English Channel had been long abandoned.

The canal itself is maintained by Devon County Council as part of the local Country Park so it remains very unspoilt and un-commercialised; being a wide canal with no locks and one lift bridge at just under a 2 meter air draft on the lowest bridge; it is a relatively non-strenuous stress free navigation.

For more information on the canal please visit The Grand Western Canal website.

To see the canal in a down-loadable map Click Here.


Mid Devon Moorings (formally Mid Devon Hire Boats & Moorings) have a number of beautiful moorings on the Grand Western Canal located near East Manley bridge and have been welcoming craft here since 2004. The moorings are ideally located in a quiet and tranquil part of the canal right next to a winding hole, where each afternoon in the summer months you can watch the Horse-drawn barge turn around for its return journey of 2 miles to Tiverton. You too can chose to take the walk down the canal to the historic town of Tiverton or we are just 10 minutes by car from the M5 motorway connecting you to the rest of the Southwest.

Facilities at the moorings include:

  • Wooden linear landing & stage walkway
  • Maintenance landing with electrical point
  • Toilet pump-out & rubbish disposal
  • On site car park & lawn area
  • Water, Fuel, & Gas
  • We are also able to offer a winter lift out & maintenance service.

We can offer short and long terms moorings.

We regret that we are unable to offer residential moorings.


Cruisers are very welcome on the canal and can be launched with ease up to 25ft (7.5 meters) long from the Boehill slipway.

The slipway is in Sampford Peverell and located just a few minutes from the M5 motorway J27.You can use the post code EX16 7EG to guide you in by satellite navigation, then simply follow the signpost up the lane.

More information regarding the slipway including maps, directions and canal Terms & Conditions can be found by visiting the Grand Western Canal Website.


The canal has a very good craneage area for narrow boats available in the car park at Tiverton Road Bridge (nearest Postcode: EX16 4NG) near the village of Halberton.

If you are thinking of bringing your Narrow boat to the Grand Western Canal, but are unsure about haulage and craneage please get in touch as we have a list of good reputable local companies that can be of assistance. In fact if you have any questions we will be happy to answer them for you, simply get in touch using the contact section.

To see a map of the canal which includes the craneage site and other services & facilities simply click on the map below

Horse Drawn Barge

The Grand Western Canal is also home to one of Devon's much loved attractions the Horse-drawn Barge. Operating from Easter through until late October, the barge makes its way from the Tiverton basin over a leisurely 2 miles before turning in the winding hole right by our moorings and making her way back down the canal to the gentle sound of nature.

Did you know that a winding hole is a wide part of a canal that is used to turn boats? As before motor power the wind was used to help with the turn.

You can find out more about the Horse-drawn barge including the current timetable by visiting their website.

The Tiverton Canal Company


Mid Devon Moorings.
Orchard Farm,
East Manley,
Devon. EX16 4NJ


Contact: Pat Brind
Telephone: 01884 252178
Mobile: 07749 001631