Discover the Bude Canal

Ref: C3533220

The Bude Canal was built in 1823 to enable the transportation of unusually mineral rich sand from the nearby beaches, to fields inland for use as a fertiliser. The challenge was overcoming a steep hill, 433 foot above sea level and for this tub boats were used, winched up a series of inclines. The talk will cover the history of the canal, the challenges it faced, its partial closure and restoration, as well as highlighting some of the original features that can be still be seen today.

Course aim

To discover the secret gems of this partially abandoned canal.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have skills to interpret the remains of the canal on the ground, making your visit more enjoyable and informative.
  • Identify with the benefits the canal has to the local community, both historically and today as a tourist attraction.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Handouts will be provided in Canvas consisting of a map of canal, as well as a list of books and internet sites that can be consulted for further information.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Discover the Bude Canal


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