Completed in 1823, the Bude Canal ran for 56km (35mi) from Bude to Druxton Wharf near Launceston and was built to transport mineral-rich sand from the coast to inland agricultural areas. There were just two locks, both near Bude itself – for the remainder of the route, inclined planes were used to haul tub boats on wheels to the upper levels. Use died out as the railways developed. Now, much of the upper section is derelict or has vanished completely. The first (2mi) section, from the sea lock to Helebridge, has been restored and is used for canoeing and kayaking, cycling and walking along the level towpath (suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs) and coarse fishing. Pedaloes are also available for hire.