Helebridge to Bude circular walk
Length: 9.6 km/5.9 miles
Weather: Hot and sunny
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'.
We crossed the busy A39 from where we parked the car and headed across several fields towards Salthouse and the coast.
This is looking back from where we had come from, with Marhamchurch in the background.
Fairly soon the coast came into view.
Looking across Widemouth Bay to Cambeak on the extreme right in the picture.
Tilted and buckled rock strata rise steeply from the beach near to Widemouth Bay.
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.
Bude and it's beaches can be seen, with GCHQ Bude in the background.
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.