GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Tavistock Canal

3 miles (4.5 km)

Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the towpath of the Tavistock Canal on this easy walk in West Devon. The route starts at Tavistock Wharf and heads through the outskirts of the town towards Crowndale Farm, passing West Bridge on the way. You continue to the pretty Shillamill Aqueduct before finishing at Lumburn where the canal meets the River Lumburn. Along the way you will pass pretty locks, canalside cottages and old stone bridges. There are also sections through woodland and great views of the surrounding Devon countryside.
If you'd like to continue your waterside walking in this area then you could head to the nearby Grenofen Bridge and visit Double Waters where the River Tavy meet the River Walkham. You could also pick up the West Devon Way which passes through Tavistock.
The Abbot's Way long distance trail will take you from the ruins of Tavistock Abbey to Buckfast Abbey, 22 miles to the east of the town.

Tavistock Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Tavistock Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

In the town you can pick up with the 22 mile Drakes Trail. It starts in Tavistock and visits the canal and Grenofen Bridge before linking up with the popular Plym Valley Trail. The shared cycling and walking route is named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake who was born in Tavistock and has a statue at the other end of the route in Plymouth.


Tavistock, Tavistock Canal - - 715513

View of the tree lined canal just south of Tavistock. It's 4.5 miles long, of which 1.5 miles are in tunnel under Morwell Down: the canal was officially opened in 1817, after 14 years work. Steam engines and waterwheels cast in ironfoundries in the town were exported on the canal to Cornwall via Morwellham Quay and the river Tamar. The canal has a fall of about 1 foot per mile, which allows water from the river Tavy to flow towards Morwellham: the canal water once powered waterwheels along the route

The Tavistock Canal - - 6092

Nice view of the surfaced footpath along the canal. This former navigation is now the feeder to one of the smallest commercial hydro-electric power stations in the South West.

The Tavistock Canal - - 332566

This canal linked Tavistock with the Tamar port of Morwellham in the early part of the 19th century and was used to carry copper ore and other heavy goods, which all ended in 1859 when Tavistock was linked to the railway network. The canal is now used as one of the water supplies for the Morwellham Hydro Electric plant.

Tavistock Canal in the Meadows - - 332593

Lovely view of the canal as it flows through The Meadows. he Meadows is Tavistock's main recreation park near the town centre.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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