GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Bude Canal Walk

7 miles (11 km)

Enjoy an easy stroll along the Bude Canal on this fine circular walk in Cornwall. As well as taking in the canal you'll visit the coast Widemouth Bay and enjoy some fine views over Bude Bay from the coastal path.
The walk starts from the information centre car park which is located next to the canal. From this end of the canal there are fine views of the beach and the sea. From the car park you can pick up the towpath and head south to Lynston Roddsbridge. The area around the canal is also part of the Bude Marshes Nature Reserve. Habitats in the reserve include reed bed, wet grassland, woodland and willow carr.You can look out for a variety of birds from the bird hide, while otters can also been seen around the canal and river.
At Helebridge you leave the canal and follow a public footpath west through the countryside. The path leads to Widemouth Bay where there is a lovely beach. It's also a good opportunity to rest your legs and get some refreshments at the lovely beachside bar. The area around the bay is steeped in the smuggling history of times before, and not far south of Widemouth Bay can be found many little inlets and coves.
At Widemouth you pick up the South West Coast Path and follow it north to Phillip's Point where there is a small nature reserve run by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. You continue north to Upton and Efford Beacon where you'll find a trig point and fine views back down to Bude.
The final section runs past another fine viewpoint at Compass Point before crossing the canal and returning to the car park.

Bude Canal Postcode

EX23 8LE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

There's lots of good options for refreshments along the canal. Near the start there's the delightful Barge Tea Rooms. Moored on Bude’s historic canal, The Barge provides amemorable dining experience, by offering customers a unique view of one of the most picturesque scenes in North Cornwall.
There's also The Brendon Arms right next to the canal. Bude's best known Inn, it has been owned and run by the Brendon family since1872. It overlooks Bude's inner harbour and just 200 yards from the unique sea-lock andSummerleaze beach. There's also a lovely large beer garden where you can sit out on warmer days.
The Beach House Hotel at Widemouth is a gem of a place, with great food and an outdoor seating area on the beach. It was listed in the top 20 beachside bars & restaurants in the UK in The Times (2018). There's seafood & spices, chargrilled steaks & skewers, little dishes & sweet treats.You can find the bar right on the beach at postcode EX23 0AW.

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Photos

Bude Canal - geograph.org.uk - 563719

Looking towards the large lock which separates the canal from the sea with Bude beach to the right.

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A sluice has been opened in the upper of the two former locks, leaving the next section of canal nearly empty.

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A former lock near Rodd's Bridge on the Bude Canal, now converted to a weir.

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View from the tow path on the east side Bude Canal with Summerleaze Crescent in the distance.

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The canal above Falcon Bridge. Only small craft such as canoes and rowing boats can now pass under the bridge to this part of the canal.

The Bude Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1536866

Walkers on the towpath by the canal. This view was taken from the bridge spanning the canal just below the Weir.

Phillip's Point, beach and cliffs - geograph.org.uk - 411201

Phillip's Point, beach and cliffs. View from the cliff edge by the coast path. The Cornwall Wildlife Trustdescribes their reserve here as "Magnificent vertical and slumping high cliffs with spectacular views to Hartland Point and Widemouth."

Dunes at Widemouth Bay - geograph.org.uk - 563709

Dunes at Widemouth Bay. The beach is backed by low dunes which have been converted into car parking space in places. Some attempts to prevent erosion have failed, probably because this beach is so popular.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Bude Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)