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Walking Phillip's Point to Bude Haven

Walking Phillip's Point to Bude Haven
Walking map for Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel

Distance 1.6 miles (2.6 km).

Duration: 2hr

Grid reference SS200043 to SS202065.

OS Explorer Map 111

<< Previous walk: Millook Haven to Phillip's Point

Next walk: Bude Haven to Sandy Mouth >>

Kissing gate at Efford Cliff leading to Efford Beacon

Park your car at the Crescent Car Park, Bude. Explore the Tourist Information Centre if it is open. We decided to have a gentle introductory walk from the car along the Bude Canal to Rodd's Bridge and make our way via Upton to our previous end-point at Phillip's Point. Head towards the canal with the T.I.C behind you. Turn left passing a Rescue Buoy, one of many along this walk.

Follow the tranquil banks for about 10 minutes usually passing a few coarse fishermen along the way. Look to your left on this stretch and see if you can spot the small metal milestone stating 'Bude 1 mile'. After a further 10 minutes and about 100 metres before the brightly painted Rodd's Bridge pass another Rescue Buoy - Grid Ref SX210050 before crossing the bridge to turn right and make your way up past 'Ciderpress Cottage' and an old post box. The road continues climbing, passing Upton Park on your right. Just after Old Upton you get your first glimpse of the sea. Walk to the right as indicated by the customary waymark post as your route climbs steadily to the 50m (164ft) contour and your true start point.

On Efford Downs approaching Compass Point

The 8-sided Storm Tower at Compass Point

The path now runs along the cliff top on its way north climbing to a height of 62m (203ft). Go on through the kissing gate and then pass the remains of an old iron flagpole. Choose the seaward kissing gate at Efford Cliff - Grid Ref SX202056 and head towards the eight sided storm tower on Compass Point. This was built in the 1820's as a Coastguard Shelter - its sides indicating the points of a compass. The slate floor is a little uneven in places so don't trip up on entering. Now about 45 minutes after leaving Phillip's Point make your way down the slope passing assorted benches, a flagpole and a telescope as you overlook The Breakwater, Bude Haven and the Summerleaze Swimming Pool.

View North overlooking Bude breakwater & the beaches

The 'Whales Back' viewed from the breakwater

Take the few granite steps to meet a metalled lane where you can opt to explore the breakwater if tides allow or simply make your way back to the car. We chose the first option and took 20 minutes out of our trip to explore. Pass the Torpedo Rescue Buoy for Bude Breakwater - Grid Ref SX201067.

View North fro the tip of the breakwater to Summerleaze, Crooklets and beyond

The Lock gates at the seaward end of the Bude Canal

This is an excellent place for photographs - Did you spot the Whales Back? Use the bench seats to relax on and really take in the scenery. Return to the path junction and waymark post and resume your walk. Reach the lock gates and walk across. Pass the 'Sand Rails' in front of the small museum and then simply cross the busy road to the car park and your vehicle. The round trip including time spent on the breakwater took 2 hours.

Looking seaward down the Bude Canal

The Falcon Hotel near the Tourist Information Centre

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Bude, Crackington Haven, Stratton and Boscastle.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Bude, Launceston, Wadebridge and Callington.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowEfford Down Riding Stables

	arrowRebel Cinema


	arrowBoscastle Witchcraft Museum


	arrowDavidstow Airfield - Cornwall at War Museum


	arrowThe Arthurian Centre




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