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Tiverton Horse Drawn Barge Cruise

Tiverton Horse Drawn Barge Cruise

One of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the UK


One of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the UK

A trip on the “Tivertonian” offers a truly unique and memorable experience of yester-year for you and your family to enjoy !  This beautiful wide beam, 75 seater Horse-Drawn Barge is the Fastest Way to Slow Down! . . .   

The Tiverton Canal was built in 1814, for the primary use of the local lime trade, and horse drawn tub-boats worked for over 100 years.  Today this 11 mile historic stretch of the canal is quiet and unspoilt and forms an extensive country park and nature reserve. The famous Horse-drawn barge trip is the last of it’s kind in the West Country – a traditionally painted wide beam barge conveys you on a 2½ hour cruise taking in the scenery and wildlife – it’s a little bit of heaven in Devon!

The barge travels for 1 hour to East Manley, then turns around and moors up, allowing you the opportunity to take a short walk to see the aqueduct, (designed by Brunel's team of railway engineers), or talk to the horse as he rests for a while under the shade of a tree. During your special journey, you hear memorable tales, anecdotes and historical facts about the Horse-Drawn Barge and the Grand Western Canal. There is often 2 minutes silence... where the peace and tranquility of travelling by Horse-Drawn Barge can be fully appreciated.


Fri 23rd August

Depart from Chickerell 08:05 - Portland 08:30 - Weymouth 09:00 - Dorchester 09:30
Stop at Bickleigh Mill in the beautiful Exe Valley with time for lunch in the cafe, or bring a picnic.
Arrive at Tiverton Canal Park by 13:45
Barge departs at 14:15 - Return by 16:45
Leave at 17:00
Return to Dorchester 18:40 - Weymouth 19:00 - Portland 19:30 - Chickerell 19:50

Inclusive Coach fare and Barge cruise

£40 Adult,  £39 Senior,  £30 Child

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridport Bus Station Bridport Bus Station, West Street
Bridport Toll House Bridport, Bus stop, Former Toll House Pub
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Dorchester Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poundbury QMSW Poundbury Queen Mother Square
(Coach heading out of Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Winterborne Abbas Coach & Horses Pub, Winterborne Abbas
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
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