The idea of the Bude Canal was conceived in 1774 by Cornishman John Edyvean originally to carry the chemically rich Bude sea sand to poor inland soils.
The project took a number of years to take shape and it was not until 1819 that the Bude Harbour and Canal Company was formed with 330 shareholders.

Welcome to the new Bude Canal and Harbour Society website, We will be adding further information about the history of the Bude Canal, its present state and future plans over the next few months.

We publish a quarterly newsletter called 'The Tub Boat' which has details about the society,  its future plans and events going on throughout the year. 

Latest News

Bude Sea Lock
With the approval of a grant of 3,000 from the Restoration Committee of the Inland Waterways Association, and confirmation of the ERDF grant of 222,150, North Cornwall District Council have appointed Sea Structures Ltd of Plymouth as contractors for the repair of the sea lock. Work was completed in October 2000 and the lock was first used in early May 2001.

Bude Canal Strategic Study
North Cornwall District Council appointed Halcrow UK to undertake part 2 of the study which is due to be published in May 2001.

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