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Welcome to the official site for the Bude Canal and Harbour Society.

Bude Canal


The special year has arrived -

Bude Canal will commemorate 200 years in July 2019.

A special booklet is being produced and will be available in February. Keep an eye out for special events and celebrations.


Sunday 24th February        AGM at 2.30 pm at Bude Heritage Centre, The Castle, Bude.

AGM papers to download
Official AGM Notice
Nomination form
Booking form for all AGM attendance

The full Itinerary for the AGM Day is
10am Meet at Willoughby Gallery, Bude Heritage Centre
10.15am Subject to weather conditions – a short walk from Lower Wharf to Higher Wharf

11.15am Return to Heritage Centre. Tea/coffee break
11.30am Presentation on ‘West Country Canals’ by Ray Alexander, Chairman, IWA West Country Branch

12.30 – 2pm Break for lunch Lunch is a buffet style, sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls, salad, and has to be pre-booked. Booking essential - see form above - £8 including tea/coffee.

2.30pm AGM

3.45pm End of meeting


16th to 28th February         Exhibition at the Heritage Centre, The Castle, Bude entitled “Bude Harbour & Canal – the early days”.

Sunday 24th February        AGM at 2.30 pm at Bude Heritage Centre, The Castle, Bude. AGM papers - see above.

27th to 30th March             Play by Bude Youth Theatre to celebrate the anniversary. Details to follow.

Saturday 6th April              Guided walk visiting important sites on the Bude Canal including the Launceston Branch.
6th April 2019 to Boyton Wharf - booking form

Saturday 13th April            Guided walk along the Bude Aqueduct section - Lower Tamar Lake and on through to Cornwall on the Permissive Path.
13th April 2019 - booking form

Sunday 21st July               Bude Stratton Heritage Festival. Please note change of date

Tuesday 23rd July              Commemorative Buffet with entertainment at The Falcon Hotel, Bude to celebrate the exact anniversary of the start of work on constructing the Bude Canal.

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Do you have a contribution for consideration to be published in the next edition of the Tub Boat. Details of how to submit this are in the Tub Boat but should reach us by 15 March 2019



Canal Regeneration Bude

Report on the Regeneration Project

- adapted from article in revised Bude Canal Past and Present as below.

Redesigned Photo Album

now responsive!

Chris Jewell has been out photographing the Canal Regeneration from day one . During much of the regeneration period the Canal towpaths, locks and features have been closed to the public. Now you can see how the wonderful regeneration took place - There are well over 400 photos and we have now completely redone the album - THE ALBUM IS FULLY RESPONSIVE AND EASY ON TABLETS AND PHONES in readiness for our new site coming soon. We also think it is more attractive to view,.

Remember the photos are copyrighted to Chris so don't abuse his hard work - feel free to email comments.

Begin your voyage of discovery of Bude Canal Regeneration here


The Updated Reprint of "BUDE CANAL - PAST AND PRESENT"

is available from B.C.H.S. The book is only £5.50 plus £1.50 to the price to cover post and packing. Make cheques payable to "Bude Canal and Harbour Society" and send with your own details to
"Hon Treasurer", Chris Jewell at 4A The Crescent, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8LE.

"The Bude Canal - some interesting facts".
If you would like a copy send your remittance of £2.50 payable
to"Bude Canal & Harbour Society" - details as above except postage will be £1.00



We are delighted to be able to bring you the


with eight delightfully reproduced maps together with introduction and full surveyor's notes for each map. Special thanks to The National Lottery, Awards for All and Bude-Stratton Town Council - among others - for making this possible.

We now have 30 issues of The Tub Boat available on this site, together with all photos - just follow the link above - makes very interesting reading! In fact all Tub Boat issues since the Spring of 2003 are available to download from this site!

Transportation of Sand

Did you know that you can join the Society and support its work from only £5 a year? Membership form- join or renew

For information and easy forms see our Membership section

Website design and maintenance by Jacki Stephens



Contact Us ...


For membership and financial matters contact Mike Moore on members@bude-canal.co.uk

Latest Tub Boat Newsletter

Winter 2018/19



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