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Bude Canal used to run all the way to Launceston, but now runs only a few miles inland from the coast. The canal was originally used to carry loads of sea sand, rich in minerals, to dump on moorland farm fields and enrich the farm soil for growing crops.
Bude CastleNot a castle in the traditional sense, this private dwelling was designed for the Victorian inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney in 1830. It now houses a local heritage centre and museum telling the story of Bude and the surrounding area. Gurney invented the Bude Light, a brilliant light made by injecting oxygen into a burning solution of gas or oil. In 2000 a modern sculpture called Bude Light 2000 was erected as a millennium tribute to Gurney, using fibre-optics to emit a bright light in the dark.
On the cliff-top overlooking Summerleaze Beach is Compass Point, an octagonal tower originally used as a coastguard lookout station. The tower, known locally as 'the Pepper Pot', was inspired by the Temple of Winds in Athens, Greece, and erected by the Acland family in 1830. Its odd name comes from the fact that each of the 8 sides are carved with the points of the compass. It was moved to its current location in 1900 because of cliff erosion, but unfortunately it was re-erected 7 degrees out of alignment.
Address: Bude, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Town
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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