Walk Bude – Coastal & Canal

Walk Bude – Coastal & Canal

This walk starts in Bude town centre, by the canal. Bude has good facilities and some superb beaches. From the town centre, head to Summerleaze Beach, and cross the old canal via the a bridge at the lock gate. Note that this does flood at high tide, so you may need to cross further back at high tide. From here the path climbs to Compass Point.

There is a map and a small tower on the cliff top at Compass Point. The path continues along the grassy cliff top to Efford Beacon. There are excellent views of the town and beach from here, and the COMSAT station north of Bude is also visible. After Efford Beacon the path stays fairly flat.

The path is soon adjacent with the road at Upton, this continues all the way into Widemouth Bay. The path passes Phillips Point, Higher Longbeak and Lower Longbeak before arriving at Widemouth Bay. The beaches between Bude and Widemouth Bay are sandy at low tide, but are otherwise mostly shingle and rock.

The view from the cliff top before the descent into the beach is excellent. The beach is very popular with surfers and has a Seaside Award. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, and there are toilets and refreshments available in Widemouth. The beach is unusual for this part of the coast, having low sandstone cliffs.

Location

The walk begins from Bude town center