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Charity Reg. In England & Wales 1068943

Company Limited by guarantee  No: 3487632


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Why we’re here

Grand Western Canal Trust, now Friends of the Grand Western Canal, members enjoy the waterway in many ways and our mission is to help all users to get maximum enjoyment from this wonderful resource.


We are as interested in the conservation of the historic structures in Somerset as we are in the active boating and wildlife conservation in Devon and we represent all facets of the canal at a range of local and national events.

If you enjoy getting your hands dirty in a good cause then why not come along to our regular working parties at Nynehead and help interpret the best preserved remains of one of the world’s first boat lifts?  Usually the second Saturday of each month but please check via the ‘contact’ form.


We also run occasional working parties at other sites and generally host at least one Waterways Recovery Group working party each year where you can join other canal enthusiasts for a sweaty week in Devon’s glorious countryside.  Details of forthcoming events are on the ‘for your diary’ page.

Working parties - get involved!

Friends members receive regular newsletters to keep them up to date with what’s going on.  Skittles’ evenings in The Globe (a public house having long association with ‘our canal) have become an enjoyable part of our members’ social lives.


These are some of the many reasons for joining the new Friends  as well as the obvious one that all members want to see the Grand Western enhanced and well supported.   

Click here for a link to the Friends website if you support our aims and would like to join them.

Newsletters: keep up to date