Bude Taxi Links Page
Bude Taxi Links for your convenience.
Bude and Stratton Town Council http://www.bude-stratton.gov.uk/site/
South West Coast Path – The Walk of a Lifetime http://www.southwestcoastpath.com
Cornwall Council Leisure and Culture http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=3604
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation http://www.bedandbreakfastbude.co.uk
Bude Doctors click here
Bude Religious Contacts click here
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Bude Taxi – Canal Information
In the 18th century there was a small unprotected tidal harbour at Bude, but it was difficult whenever the sea was up. The Bude Canal Company built a canal and improved the harbour. Around twenty small boats use the tidal moorings of the original harbour during the summer months. Most are sport fishermen, but there is also some small-scale, semi-commercial, fishing for crab and lobster.
There is a wharf on the Bude Canal about half a mile from the sea lock that links the canal to the tidal haven. This can be opened only at or near high tide, and then only when sea conditions allow. North Cornwall District Council administered the canal, harbour and lock gates until its abolition in March 2009. These gates were recently renewed, as the originals were damaged in a storm. They are the only manually operated sea lock gates in England. The pier head by the locks is a Grade II listed structure. Catch a Bude taxi to this very spot …..
The canal is one of the few of note in south-west England. Its original purpose was to take small tub boats of mineral-rich sand from the beaches at Bude and carry them inland for agricultural use on fields. A series of inclined planes carried the boats over 400 vertical feet to Red Post, where the canal branched south along the upper Tamar Valley towards Launceston, east to Holsworthy and north to the Tamar Lakes, that fed the canal. Ask your Bude Taxi driver to take you to these historical spots and collect you at the end of your walk.
The enterprise was always in financial difficulty, but it carried considerable volumes of sand and also coal from south Wales. The arrival at Holsworthy of the railway, and the production of cheap manufactured fertiliser undermined the canal’s commercial purpose, and it was closed down and sold to the district municipal water company. However the wharf area and harbour enjoyed a longer success, and coastal sailing ships carried grain across to Wales and coal back to Cornwall.
In 2005 a major project to re-develop the canal was approved. Work included improving the banks and opening-up a long-closed section of canal.