It lies just south of Flexbury and north of Widemouth Bay

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It lies just south of Flexbury and north of Widemouth Bay

Post by jancancook on Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:55 pm

It lies just south of Flexbury and north of Widemouth Bay and is located along the A3073 road off the A39 road. Many ships have been wrecked on the jagged reefs which fringe their base. The figurehead of one of these, the "Bencoolen" lost in 1862, is preserved in the churchyard.
Bude Coast SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), located between Compass Cove to the south and Furzey Cove to the north, is noted for its geological and biological interest.[2] Carboniferous sandstone cliffs surround Bude. During the Variscan Orogeny the strata were heaily faulted and folded. As the sands and cliffs around Bude contain calcium carbonate (a natural fertiliser), farmers used to take sand from the beach, for spreading on their fields. The cliffs around Bude are the only ones in Cornwall that are made of Carboniferous sandstone, as most of the Cornish coast is formed of Devonian slate, granite and Precambrian metamorphic rocks).[2] The stratified cliffs of Bude give their name to a sequence of rocks called the Bude Formation. Many formations can be viewed from the South West Coast Path which passes through the town.


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