Helebridge to Bude circular walk

Start: Helebridge

Finish: Helebridge

Length: 9.6 km/5.9 miles

Weather: Hot and sunny

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No Through Roads walk 6, clearly laid out, lovely illustrations and the route is still 100% accessible. We chose a different start point for a number of reasons: easier to park on a hot, sunny day than Bude; we could get some lunch in Bude; it was closer to our accommodation than Bude.

 

Walk 6 from the No Through Roads. 'Cliff top and canals walk in North Cornwall'.

Walk 6 No through Roads

 

We crossed the busy A39 from where we parked the car and headed across several fields towards Salthouse and the coast.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

This is looking back from where we had come from, with Marhamchurch in the background.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

Fairly soon the coast came into view.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

Looking across Widemouth Bay to Cambeak on the extreme right in the picture.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

Tilted and buckled rock strata rise steeply from the beach near to Widemouth Bay.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

We walked along the undulating, grassy cliff tops towards Efford Beacon. The coastguard station on top provides a good view point in all directions. From Lundy Island, offshore, to Rough Tor and Brown Willy, inland.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

Bude and it's beaches can be seen, with GCHQ Bude in the background.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk

 

Bude canal was opened in 1832 and stretched for 35 miles. It was built to transport Bude sand rich in calsium carbonate to fertiles the poor soil in north-east Cornwall.

Helebridge to Bude circular walk