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

Bude Canal

Summer Tub Boat

- 50th online

It's hard to believe that every edition of the Tub Boat since Spring 2003 is available to read on this site - that's an incredible archive of Bude Canal over the last twelve years! Not only that this edition is the penultimate in a "half century" of Digital Tub Boats as the edition published in July this year will be the fiftieth to be posted online available for all to enjoy!


Here are the tide times for Bude Lock from the Hydrographic Office. Remember to add 1hour for BST.

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

December 2015

We are currently redoing our site but should you require Tide Tables for 2016 before that is online please email admin@bude-canal.co.uk
Following the working party on 14th May to clear overgrowing turf of the sides of the canal towpath near Rodds Bridge, a second is planned, this time to clear overgrowing turf at the Whalesborough end of the towpath.

  We will meet at 10am in the Weir bistro overspill car park beside the river at Whalesborough (near where the towpath walk goes under the A39) - grid reference 214037. Please wear gloves and old clothes (that you do not mind getting a bit muddy) and wear stout shoes.  Please also bring an old spade/shovel if you have one (but note that we are scraping turf off tarmac so probably not a precious new spade!). Bring some picnic items (food and drink) if you plan to stay with us over the lunch break - alternatively the Weir bistro is very close.

'Coast Watch' nature walk - Thursday 16th July

This event is planned to observe the nature visible from a relatively short stretch of the South West Coast Path north of Widemouth Bay. We will meet at the free car park (grid reference 199033) just off the coast road about 1km north of the main Widemouth Bay car park (where the gritted path goes of to the cairn on the Lower Longbeak promontory). I will send out more detail about this event nearer the time.


The pair of swans that have had a nest in the reeds on the flood overspill area at Pethericks Mill now have cygnets paddling with them.
Last year's cygnets did not survive; let's hope that they have better success this year.

Over the next few months we are redesigning the website - we have plans but welcome your thoughts - please email ideas@bude-canal.co.uk

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 - We have had a resuffle of the photos so to speak, taken some off and added some NEW ones. Curently there are 422 photographs from Chris' album and they are here for you to enjoy. 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

Start by clicking on the albums and then the pictures to enlarge them and move back and forth to view them - there is a help button too - please be patient - the pictures are detailed and some computers will take a few more seconds to download - it's worth the wait!

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 - click here for form

Also find out more in 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

New Tub Boat Newsletter

Summer 2015



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