The Grand Western Canal provides a quiet and relaxing venue with a good range of coarse angling opportunities. Of particular note are the summer Tench and winter Pike and Perch fishing. An excellent mixed fishery with above average stocking levels, means that the Canal presents a good challenge to anglers of all abilities with plenty of opportunities to find a quiet spot and enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Angling platforms, are located at various points through the park, allowing suitable, safe access for the less-abled angler.

For a nice simple introduction to coarse fishing and the equipment that is available to anglers, view the Discover Fishing website. The site also contains the Code of conduct for coarse anglers. Please also see the RSPCA advice on reducing fishing litter.

Angling rights on the Canal are leased to the Tiverton and District Angling Club. In addition to holding a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence, a permit must be purchased, in advance. Permits are available from:

  • Cullompton Carp and Coarse
    High Street, Cullompton
    Tel: 01884 839273
  • Exe Valley Angling
    19 Westexe South, Tiverton
    Tel: 01884 242275
  • Minnows Caravan Site
    Off M5 Junction 27, Sampford Peverell
    Tel: 01884 821770

The current fishing permits prices are:

Under 10s Juniors
(10 – 17yrs)
Day Free £3 £5 £5
Year Free £10 £30 £15

Please note:

  • There is no closed season.
  • Please ensure that your tackle does not impede other towpath users, and, if using extendable poles, please move them promptly when walkers or cyclists are approaching.
  • Take care not to snag your fishing tackle on offside vegetation.
  • Please take all litter home with you and do not dig the banks.

To encourage safer and more considerate use of the towpath by anglers, walkers and cyclists the Grand Western Canal Country Park Ranger Service has launched a Towpath Code of Conduct. The code explains the behaviour expected of all towpath users and reminds people that horse riding and motorcycle use are not permitted on the towpath.

Grand Western Canal fish information

The following document provides useful information for anglers and those who are interested in the fish species in the canal. Each page gives a description and average adult size of the fish and some angling information.

Mid Devon District Council have produced a leaflet about fishing, detailing sites in and around Devon’s heartland. You can get a copy of this from the Tiverton Tourist Information Centre. Call them on 01884 230878.