Welcome to the Official Website of the Bude Canal & Harbour Society

Boats basking in the sunshine of Bude Canal.


Visit the Barge Workshop - Summer Sundays

From 7th July to 29th September we will be opening The Barge Workshop every Sunday from 2 pm until 5 pm.

More information and photos click here - and then make sure you visit! A great opportunity to see one of the unique Tub Boats which operated on the Canal.

Your thoughts on Events please

We are currently planning events for the society for 2024 and 2025 and wanted to engage with our members to ensure you have a say in what we do. We are running a short online survey of ideas and if you could take a couple of minutes to give us your thoughts the trustees would be very grateful.

The link to our survey can be found here.

OR - if you find surveys restrictive - email us here 


GUIDED WALKS - starting 21 June

Join the Bude Canal & Harbour Society on a guided walk to see historic features along the lower two miles of the Bude Canal, including the sea lock, wharves, inland locks, and preserved items in the Barge Workshop at Helebridge.

The walk is led by Peter Daniel, Secretary of the Bude Canal & Harbour Society. The walks start at the Bude Tourist Information Centre in the Crescent Car Park at 10.15 prompt. The route is to the Sea Lock and then back up the canal to Helebridge where the Barge Workshop will be open, and a preserved canal tub-boat and various other artefacts relating to local industries can be seen. There will be explanations, with illustrations, at each point of interest along the way. At Helebridge there is a choice of returning with Peter along the canal (getting back at about 1pm), having lunch at The Weir or in Marhamchurch, or making your own way back. The total there and back distance is four miles. Walks will be 21 June, 26 July, 23 August and 27 September - and we are planning for good weather!

Start Time: 10:15am.

End Time: 1:15pm

Meeting Location: Bude Tourist Information Centre

Route Overview: The route is 4 miles total with flat, hard terrain. Walking shoes advisable and dress for all conditions.

Price: Adult £10 / Child £5 BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE Bude Tourist Information Centre


15 months membership for the price of 12 

Memberships run from 1st September but coming soon join in June and the membership will be for 15 months rather than 12 - an opportunity not to be missed.



Do you visit our FACEBOOK page where we try to keep you up to date with, for instance, the dredging works on the Canal, locking in etc..  It's also a great opportunity for a quick conversation, answer to your questions and comments - please have a look.


The TUB BOAT is the Society's Newsletter produced four times a year as a printed booklet and emailed to members. Non members can access the previous edition on this website - but to get the new edition as soon as it is available please join the society (details on membership page) Over time The Tub Boat provides a very real archive of the work of the Society including reports, stunning photos and detailed news items.

Amazingly there are over 80 editions available on the site, click on the nearby pics for the latest editions or here to go to the Archived editions pages.
We have greatly updated our LINKS page so please check this out and show the organisations your support


John Edyvean, a Cornishman, originally conceived the idea of the Bude Canal in 1774 - well over 200 years ago.

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1904 Maps & Notes

8 detailed colour Maps each with information sheet and carefully transacribed Surveyors' Notes.

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Regeneration Project & Gallery

 Gallery of over 400 photos taken by Chris Jewell during the Restoration of the Canal  when it was not accessible to the public.

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18 Bi-Centenary Panels 

18 Panels A2 in size for Bi-Centenary Exhibition with great detail now available to view on site or print to A4.

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Chris Jewell (Chairman BCHS)


Some elements of this website will only be comfortably viewed on a desktop (very old editions of the Tub Boat, certain map and historical information). We have also tried to include pdfs for downloading (maps, Tub Boat Newsletters etc) . We are working on the site to improve its responsiveness whilst retaining the wealth of information it contains.

Bude Canal - historically a major and vital engineering project - today a wonderful resource for all - tranquility, nature, lovely walks, lots of history - well a delightful easy and free place to explore with all the family - even the next generation in their pushchairs can enjoy the extensive (and quite vocal) wildlife!

The Bude Canal is England’s most westerly major canal but now just a short stretch remains of the original thirty five and a half mile long project constructed 1819 to 1825. Some has been restored and you can also explore on this site the historic maps and fascinating details of the incline planes and industrial heritage.

Discovering the Canal

Maybe a quick FAQ - well some answers anyway

Some pictures of Bude

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Join Our Amazing Community

The Society are always keen to welcome new Members - especially younger ones with tons of energy and ideas. The Canal has been around for 200 years and we want to ensure it is kept thriving for another 200 years providing the Community with many opportunities 

Important Links

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Bude Canal Trust

The Trust has an important role as the owner of some 5½ miles of one of the Canal’s branches, the so-called Aqueduct branch which stretches between Lower Tamar Lake and the River Tamar at Burmsdon and a little beyond. The Trust is therefore responsible for the longest remaining continuous length of the Canal and works hard to maintain its historic and heritage integrity, its wildlife value and public access on the towpath.
Bude Canal Trust website
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Bude Harbour consists of a seaward area, known as Budehaven, and an Inner Harbour with a sea lock connecting them which gives access further upstream to the Bude Canal. Harbour Orders relevant to Bude date from 1819 to 1960.

The Harbour Master is employed by Cornwall Council so contact him for all Canal related permissions and information such as locking in boats.   

 Bude Harbour Master Cornwall

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Bude Stratton Town Council

Bude-Stratton Town Council's main offices are in The Parkhouse Centre but among many other things they run the Grade II Listed  iconic Castle, former home of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, and the Bude Heritage Centre and Cafe Limelight. Bude's Library and play parks also come under their wing and they hold various Community Events throughout the year such as the brilliant Heritage Day. They own the Barge Workshop which is open to visitors during the summer. 
Bude Stratton Town Council

108 real visitors 

during 13 BARGE WORKSHOP open days in summer 2021

Over 14,000 unique website visitors 

in year to August 2021

1,817 unique

visitors to this site in August 2021

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