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|Bude Canal Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 02 Jul 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular and easy walk following the Bude Canal in Cornwall. The walk leaves Bude to head south along the canal towpath before returning along the land alongside the River Neet. The route passes though both the Bude Marshes Local Nature Reserve (with extensive reed beds) and Petherick’s Mill Environmental Area (with many ditches and dykes), making it particularly popular with bird watchers. |
The walk is almost entirely flat and follows well made tarmac paths. There are no stiles and just one gate plus a couple of crossings over the A39 which can be quite busy with traffic. Public toilets are available at the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Bude Tourist Information Centre and Canal Visitor Centre which is on Bencoolen Road, EX23 8LE. There is a large pay and display car park at the centre.
|Tourist Information Centre to Bude Marshes Hide|
Start point: 50.8271 lat, -4.546 long
To start the walk, stand facing the main entrance to the tourist information centre. Walk to the right of the building and then join the tarmac path with the canal immediately on your right.
|Bude Marshes Hide to Rodds Bridge|
Start point: 50.8233 lat, -4.5459 long
When you are ready to continue the walk, simply continue on the canal towpath in the same direction as before. On the left you’ll pass Petherick’s Mill Marsh with a viewing area if you wish to enjoy more views of the local nature reserve. Petherick’s Mill was designed to increase flood storage and the wildlife conservation value of the area as part of the Bude Flood Prevention Scheme.
|Rodds Bridge to A39|
Start point: 50.8152 lat, -4.541 long
Turn right over the bridge and then turn immediately left to follow the towpath with the canal now on your left. Follow the towpath for some distance, passing by two locks and then a bridge all on your left.
|A39 to Water Works|
Start point: 50.8053 lat, -4.5347 long
Cross over the A39 with care as it can be busy with fast moving traffic, and take the path directly opposite. Continue ahead for just a few yards to reach a T-junction with a quiet lane. Turn left here and pass over a pair of stone bridges.
|Water Works to River Neet|
Start point: 50.8133 lat, -4.535 long
Take the tarmac path to the left of the water treatment works. Follow the path ahead and then go straight ahead at the crossroads with the small lane. Follow the tarmac path for some distance and then continue as it swings left passing a national cycle network sign on the left and a rugby field on the right.
|River Neet to End|
Start point: 50.8238 lat, -4.5435 long
This bridge over the river is an old railway bridge. The arrival of the London and South Western Railway in 1898 caused the final demise of the Bude Canal as a commercial enterprise. The siding here went to the canal wharf and harbour area to serve local agricultural and coal merchants and ships which continued to call. The last passenger train on the route ran on 1 October 1966, when the line was closed.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Lovely walk. There is a new cycle underpass now.
|By Richard on 09 Jul 2012|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 03 Jul 2012
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 03 Jul 2012
The main building and forecourt as seen from Bencoolen Road. The Station Master's garden and house are to the right, with the refreshment room, parcels office, booking hall, toilets and staff accommodation situated in the single storey section beyond. On the extreme left are the water tower and larger of the two gasholders.
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