I walk the coast path and sit on the beach several times a month, but rarely did I take any real notice of Bude’s Geology. I often looked at the formations in amazement, but A Level Geography was years ago and I could only just remember the difference between a syncline and an anticline!
This all changed a few weeks ago, when I joined Dr Roger Higgs (Geoclastica Ltd) and a couple of other visitors who had booked onto one of his guided two-hour Geology walks.
Roger is Bude’s very own, very friendly geologist. He conducts his public walks every Monday afternoon (or private walks at any time). If you have the remotest interest in geology and would like to learn about Bude’s amazing rocks, I can’t recommend his guided walk enough.
Basically, the so called “Bude Formation” of North Cornwall is such a fine example that is has been studied by generations of geologists. During the walk, Roger showed us where the sand and mud layers were deposited in a giant tropical “Lake Bude” 300 million years ago. These layers were eventually folded when Britain and France collided. This was so long ago, that the Dinosaurs were yet to evolve!
Roger is particularly proud of Bude’s very unique fossilised fish which is found nowhere else in the world. Fossils are hard to find in Bude, but this toothy, goldfish-sized fish called Cornuboniscus budensis is on display for all to see at the Bude Castle Heritage Centre. The fish is evidence of a life form from an era when Bude’s climate was similar to modern day Africa.
You can book a place on one of Roger’s public geology walks on Thursday afternoon (click here to see the VisitBude events calendar), or arrange for a private walk (great for groups and families) on a different day. All bookings are made at the Bude Tourist Info Centre (01288 354240).