Tiverton Canal to Redbrick Barn Loft
On a bright summer’s day, a waterside stroll beside the calm canal to Tiverton is pretty hard to beat. Built in 1814 to carry limestone from local quarries on tub-boats, the canal meanders around the hills above Tiverton. After working the waterway for 130 years, now just an 11-mile stretch is left, with a visitor centre tracing its history and horse drawn barge trips plying slowly up and down – one of only three horse-drawn barge companies in the UK. The path is popular with walkers and cyclists, the water with kayakers and paddleboarders, and there’s a surrounding park filled with birds and wildlife. Pitch up at Ducks Ditty Bar, Tiverton Canal Floating Bar, for a light lunch, tea and cake, ice cream or a glass of something chilled. Note: open summer only. Stay at nearby Redbrick Barn Loft, a roomy, stylish barn conversion in Devon’s rolling hills with panoramic views of the Exe valley.
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