BSTC’s hidden gem, The Canal Barge Workshop, is re-opening Sunday, 3 July, for the season. If you haven’t already visited, Its location is absolutely idyllic and it makes the perfect place to stop and have a picnic after a walk along the tow path.
Tucked away two miles south of Bude at Helebridge, the Workshop was built in 1840 for the Canal Company. It now houses the Bude Canal Tub Boat and other heritage artefacts, including late 19th century items from the Gregory Engineering Workshop in Bude. It is wholly fascinating, and well worth popping in.
Now owned and maintained by BSTC, the Barge Workshop is run by volunteers from the Bude Canal and Harbour Society. It opens every Sunday afternoon, between 2pm – 5pm, or you can visit at other times by arrangement with the Heritage Development Officer on 01288 353704. Admission is FREE!