Bude Canal

Photo: Bude Canal Sea Lock by Geni

Bude Canal as built was 35.5 miles in total length. The first 2 miles from Bude inland is a broad canal, the remainder was a tub boat canal including 6 inclined planes.

At Helebridge wharf, the Barge Workshop, owned by Bude Stratton Town Council, houses various local heritage artefacts, including a Bude Canal wooden tub boat – a boat of national significance.  These premises are open to the public on Sunday afternoons, 2pm – 5pm, during the summer period of late to July to the end of September, by members of the Bude Canal and Harbour Society.

At the end of Helebridge Basin, the bottom 50 yards of the Marhamchurch Inclined Plane has been cleared to show how the broad canal changed to the tub boat system. Walking routes have been developed to include sections of canal towpath, east of Marhamchurch on the tub boat canal and includes public access over the Hobbacott Inclined Plane, the largest incline built with a plane length of 935 feet and a vertical rise of 225 feet.  These walks are described in the leaflets ‘The Planekeepers Path’ and the ‘Aqueduct Trail’.  These leaflets are available locally.