Bude Canal and Coast circular walk

Bude Canal and Coast

The path along the canal is fenced-off outside the Visitor Information Centre whilst the canal is being dredged (estimated completion = June). You can cut through the car park instead the end of the walk. There's some more parking near the Methodist church (dir 23) if there is no space in the Crescent car park.

A figure-of-8 walk at Bude where the demand for lime-rich sand could not even be met by 4000 horses a day and so a 35-mile canal was built to transport it to the Tamar Valley.

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

The route can alternatively be done as two separate shorter circular walks. The first loop is along the canal and returns along the cycle track across Bude Marshes. The second loop of the walk is along the coast past the Sea Pool to Crooklets, returning past the Bude Tunnel and through the town.


  • Shops and cafés in the seaside resort of Bude
  • Sandy beaches at Summerleaze and Crooklets
  • Wildlife including wading birds such as herons and egrets along the River Neet, Bude Canal and in the marshes
  • Historic tidal Sea Pool and Bude Castle, and not-so-historic Bude Tunnel (8th wonder of the world according to Tripadvisor)
  • Option to split into separate 2 mile and 1.7 mile circular walks

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 111
  • Distance: 3.9 miles/6.3 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy
  • Recommended footwear: Any comfortable shoes (all paths are surfaced)
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • Crooklets Inn
  • The Barrel
  • The Bencoolen Inn
  • The Brendon Arms
  • The Carriers Inn

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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