• A circular route from the Tamar Lakes, crossing Devon's gently rolling landscape adn returning on the aqueduct section of the old Bude tub-boat Canal.
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    The Planekeepers Path commences from the sea-lock where vessels would leave the open water and enter the Lower Canal Basin to discharge their cargoes into Barges.  At Helebridge the barges were uploaded and transport continued inland my smaller, shallow tub-boats.  The Planekeepers Path follows the route the boatmen took as they tended their cargoes from Bude to the Thurlibeer Inclined Plane.  It then continues through beautiful countryside along footpaths and quiet lanes then heads back to Bude via the ancient town of Stratton.
  • A handy water resistant snippet of the Bradworthy, the Tamar Lakes, Bude Aqueduct & Chilsworthy section of the Ordnance Survey Explorer 112 and 126
  • This fascinating and factual book explains the history of the famous Bude Canal with plenty of text, illustrations and maps.

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    Updated May 2019. This circular walk starts and finishes at the Rectory Farm Tea Rooms.  You’ll be using the South West Coast Path and inland footpaths and tracks.  You’ll be treated to a combination of breath taking dramatic coastal cliff views, Lundy Island (on a clear day) and the quiet solitude of farmland, mostly unchanged since the building of the agrarian manor houses which dot the area.
  • Updated November, 2019.  The Bude Circular Canal and Coast is a historically rich walk, filled with varied scenery and panoramic views.   The level path follows the Bude Canal, a remarkable relic of 19th century engineering, to its terminal as a barge waterway.  The wide open views from the fields of Whalesborough overlooking Widemouth Bay and the rugged cliffline to the south are without doubt, breath-taking, especially when the surf pounds the cost. Then there are the clifftops with their dramatic, geological formations, leading you to views overlooking Bude, its bay and beyond to Harland and Exmoor.
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