Opened in 1823, the Bude Canal was built mainly to serve the Devon and Cornwall farming community with mineral-rich sand for fertiliser.
From the sea lock at Bude it travelled inland nearly as far as Launceston. It was 35 miles long and rose 433 feet on its travels, using a unique system of inclined planes, where canal boats were hauled up slopes, rather than conventional locks.
The canal operated to the end of the 19th century. In recent years local trusts have put in a lot of work to renovate areas of the canal, its buildings and locks.
Much of the original canal is now overgrown but the area is great for walkers.