VIRWORTHY WHARF BUDE CANAL CORNWALL
Virworthy Wharf on the long disused Bude Canal in North Cornwall, SW England, UK is now part of a heritage aqueduct trail. A perfect sunny day with a lovely reflection of the tree in the water. The unusual canal, active from 1823 to 1891 ran for some 35 miles. It used six inclined planes to haul tub boats and brought mineral rich sand from Summerleaze beach at Bude to improve the poor soils of the hilly hinterlands to improve agricultural returns. The canal climbed from sea level to 433 ft (132m).
This branch was a feeder for the canal system. Water was taken from a nearby reservoir now called Lower Tamar Lake which was constructed by building a dam for the canal in the 1820s - according to local legend - using Prisoners of War from the Napoleonic Wars. Taken in spring several years ago.
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