Enjoy some great Bude Coast and Bude Canal walk scenery with relaxing music to see if you fancy Cornwall Walks whilst on tour England Walking Holidays UK. Along the walk you visit Compass Point and Efford Down plus Widemouth Sand; then Helebridge and Bude Canal. Scenery on the walk includes views of: Bude canal and harbour with fihing boats and tackle; Bude bay and the watch tower from Compass Point; some wonderful coastline, including rock formations and sandstone cliffs; Efford Beacon on Efford Down, Phillip’s Point Nature Reserve, Higher Longbeak and Lower Longbeak headlands plus Widemouth Sand; plus Bude Canal toe-path, rowing boats and Bude Nature Reserve; fields and pastures; and a church. You may also see some sheep along the route.
Bude Coast & Bude Canal Walk Scenery
Route finding was straightforward with good waymarking. The terrain was relatively flat with the exception of one steepish climb at the start. The coastal path was little undulating and inland there was a short mild incline and descent plus flat toe-path beside the canal. Starting and ending in Bude, you visit Compass Point, Efford Down, Widemouth Sand, Helebridge and Bude Canal. Scenery includes views of: Bude canal and Bude Harbour; Bude bay and the watch tower from Compass Point; fabulous coastline views, including Efford Beacon on Efford Down, Phillip’s Point Nature Reserve, Higher Longbeak and Lower Longbeak headlands plus Widemouth Sand; plus Bude Canal toe-path and Bude Nature Reserve; fields and pastures. You will also see some fishing boats and tackle in the harbour, rowing boats on the canal, and maybe some sheep along the route.
Bude, a relatively small town and seaside resort, is located on the North Cornwall coast at the mouth of River Neet. It has two great broad sandy beaches nearby. The cliffs surrounding Bude are the only Cornwall cliffs made of Carboniferous sandstone containing calcium carbonate. Being a natural fertiliser, it used to be taken from the beaches by farmers for scattering on their fields as a fertiliser.
Bude Canal used to go as far as Launceston but today there is just a restored section for a few miles inland from Helebridge to Bude. The canal used to be used to carry fertiliser and the local sea sand to small Cornwall towns inland but was abandoned in the 1880’s as no longer profitable.