The seaside town of Bude lies toward the northeast corner of Cornwall, at the mouth of the River Neet. One can put together some nice running in Bude, combining an easy section of S W Coast Path north to Northcott Mouth Beach and south on a cycle path along the Bude Canal. Together, the two routes are a 10k!
Start in central Bude near the tourist information center. Head north through the car park and join the S W Coast Path. This is a scenic, easy section of path above Bude Bay, with nice views. 1.7 miles, rolling hills, ending at Northcott Mouth Beach.
The next section is south on the gravel multi-use trail along the Bude Canal. Follow The Strand for 0.4 miles, and then join the path for 0.8 miles to County Rd. Turn LEFT on County Rd., then use then LEFT along another multi-use path back to Bude. This is a 2.7 mile loop.
Add-Ons: More sections of S W Coast Path, varying levels of difficulty.
- Combined route is 6.1 miles (10 km). Route to Northcott Mouth Beach is 3.4 miles out and back; Bude Canal Loop is 2.7 miles
- Canal path is flat. Route to Northcott Mouth Beach is rolling hills
- Bude, near Tourist Information Center
- Large car park just north of the Tourist Information Center.