North Cornwall Rocks

Bude Canal


Parks & Walks

Enjoy a level walk along the tow path of the Bude Canal and look out for wildlife along the way.

There is a combination of freshwater canal, damp grassland and marsh at Pethericks Mill and reedbeds in the Local Nature Reserve. 

There is a level surfaced tow path which stretches 2.5 miles into the countryside. It starts alongside the harbour and follows the canal up the valley to Helebridge. The tow path passes two inland working locks, and there is a lock where the canal meets the river and goes out onto the beach.

Duck food is available from tourist information and the canal is usually teaming with ducks, swans and geese!

If you are feeling more adventurous, rowing boats, pedalos and canoes can all be hired near to the Wharf Long Stay car park.

Wildlife is abundant along the canal, with a great variety of birds to look out for. If you are lucky enough to spot an otter you can call in at the Tourist Information centre and report it to display on the wildlife information notice board.

Access: - easy access

Parking: - pay and display by Tourist Information or 

Toilets: - by Tourist Information

Food: - several cafes and shops close to the car park

Dogs: - welcome

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