Bude Canal

The Bude Canal is a broad canal and is part of the Waterways of Mainland Britain. It runs for 2 miles and 1 furlong through 3 locks from Bude Sea Lock (which is a dead end) to Helebridge Incline Plane (which is a dead end).

The exact dimensions of the largest boat that can travel on the waterway are not known. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.


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Bude Sea Lock
Tidal lock linking the Bude Canal to the sea
Bude Canal Basin 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Falcon Bridge (limit of navigation??)
Originally a swing bridge, now a fixed structure
2¼ furlongs 1 lock
Upper Wharf Bude 3¼ furlongs 1 lock
Rodds Bridge 1 mile and 1¾ furlongs 1 lock
Rodds Bridge Lock
Recently restored
1 mile and 2¾ furlongs 1 lock
Whalesborough Lock
Recently restored
1 mile and 5 furlongs 2 locks
A39 Road Bridge
Modern road bridge which maintains navigable headroom
2 miles 3 locks
Hele Bridge
Original road bridge over the canal
2 miles and ½ furlongs 3 locks
Helebridge Incline Plane 2 miles and 1 furlong 3 locks
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The Bude Canal was a canal built to serve the hilly hinterland in the Devon and Cornwall border territory in the United Kingdom, chiefly to bring lime-bearing sand for agricultural fertiliser. The Bude Canal system was one of the most unusual in Britain.

It was remarkable in using inclined planes to haul tub boats on wheels to the upper levels. There were only two conventional locks, in the short broad canal section near the sea at Bude itself. It had a total extent of 35 miles (56 km), and it rose from sea level to an altitude of 433 feet (132 m).

The design of the canal influenced the design of the Rolle Canal.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Bude Canal
[List of boat lifts] [Alfardisworthy] [Bude] [James Green (engineer)] [Tub boat] [Lower Tamar Lake] [Canal inclined plane] [River Tamar] [Pancrasweek]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 13:31