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

Bude Canal

Welcome to the new decade - the Bude Canal is now well over

200 years old

That is really something special. Join the Society to find out more

and participate in History !!!

UPDATE - 16 April 2021 - Progress on Lock Gates

Pages 20 onwards in the latest edition of The Tub Boat (no 95) feature a report by Paul Vincent, the HarbourMaster at Bude, relating to the ongoing work to the Lock Gates in readiness for the summer. By way of update Paul reports "The drawings for new parts have been completed and approved and we are now in the hands of the foundry. We are still anticipating June end/early July to get operational. I have a shipwrights in Truro making up new railings for the inner gates in traditional English Oak and we are looking to keep them natural as painting doesn’t allow the wood to breathe and may actually contribute to them deteriorating. We are also booking a dive team to inspect and clear debris from inner gates canal side with new top hinge straps to be fitted.""

We are excited by the progress being made and look forward to further updates in the coming weeks. Thank you Paul and your team.


We are pleased to announce that the


designed and on display for the 2019 Bi-Centenary of the start of the Bude Canal have been converted to pdf so everyone can now enjoy them. Our best efforts to reduce the file size still means that most are around 6MB so you may need to be patient but it will be worth any wait -
please click here.



Under the present circumstances we are unable to plan any events during 2021 but we understand tha Tall Ships are hoping to visit Falmouth this August. If they can - and if we can - we hope to take a trip down to see them, and will let you know in plenty of time if this seems possible!

The Tub Boat - No 95 - latest edition


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Contributions for the next edition of the Tub Boat should be sent as an e-mail attachment to bude.canal@gmail.com or copied onto a USB memory stick or CD and sent to Mike Moore (Tel: 01288 361878) to reach him by 15 June 2021)  



Canal Regeneration Bude

Report on the Regeneration Project

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

Photo Album

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
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!

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Did you know that you can join the Society and support its work from only £10 a year? Membership form- join or renew

For information and easy forms see our Membership section

Website design and maintenance by Jacki Stephens



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For membership contact Martin Shannon on members@bude-canal.co.uk

Latest Tub Boat Newsletter

Spring 2021



** We now provide the newsletters and some booking forms, posters etc in pdf format for ease of printing.

If you do not have the brilliant Adobe Reader - please click here to download this first.