Pirate FM News 5 minute read

Cornish supermarket walkway now a top tourist attraction

Cornish supermarket walkway now a top tourist attraction

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:45am 1st September 2018. (Updated at 8:03am 1st September 2018)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A plastic walkway which protects supermarket shoppers from the elements in Bude has become one of the top ten attractions in the town - It's even been compared to the Sistine Chapel and the ruins of Pompeii.

The Bude Tunnel, as it is known, is currently rated as the eighth best attraction in the town on Trip Advisor.

It currently has 139 reviews on the ratings website with 85% of them being the highest five-star approval and most of the reviews are hilarious with people describing it as architecturally important and a great day out.

Many reviewers have also posted photographs of themselves enjoying the “attraction” on Trip Advisor.

The walkway, which connects the town’s Sainsbury’s supermarket with its car park also has its own Facebook page.

With over 100 reviews the supermarket walkway is now ranked in Trip Advisor's top ten attractions in Bude.


On Trip Advisor the tunnel is described as:

“The only tunnel Bude has to offer is open to the public free of charge, walk from the Sainsbury’s car park to Crooklets Road completely undercover, protected from the elements whilst maintaining your view to the spectacular surroundings of Bude.

"Consisting of 36 metal arches and over 70m long, nowhere else in Bude can you walk this far            undercover in a continuous straight line, all ages are welcome.”

The opening times of the tunnel are listed as being 00.00 to 23.59 and visitors are advised that visits should last less than one hour.

Rachel L from Chelmsford gave the tunnel a four-star rating and wrote on Trip Advisor:

“We recently visited the tunnel with our 4 children and found it was great for a wet day out in Bude.

"We also had their grandparents with us and even they had a good time looking around at a more        leisurely pace and talking to the friendly locals. Just wish it had a gift shop!”

bude tunnel
People are visiting from all over the country to get a selfie in the highly esteemed tunnel.


Paul S gave it top marks and said:

“We travelled 4 hours to see the tunnel after reading reviews and have to say it was everything we had hoped.

"It was the same sense of awe as I have felt visiting the Sistine Chapel, ruins in Pompeii and the amphitheatre at Verona. Highly recommended.”

bude tunnel
It's got glowing reviews on Trip Advisor.

Ian T also gave a 100% rating and said:

“Arrived in Bude in the AM and had lunch in town ahead of our trip to the tunnel. 

"We arrived just after lunch and was pleasantly surprised to find parking was free for up to 2 hours.

"The likelihood is, 2 hours in the tunnel is sufficient for most families.

"My son enjoyed the tunnel as did my wife. 

"We enjoyed the gift shop too and bought a few essentials before our trip home. An excellent day out.”

Claire gave the tunnel 4 stars and said that it's perfect for a rainy day.

Claire from Bude said that it's 'definitely worth a visit', she added;

"A wet bank holiday weekend so what else to do but visit the much talked about Bude tunnel !! We just couldn't wait - it was our highlight of our summer break.

"The plastic moulded arch shone out at us in the drizzle with the warm orange of the Sainsbury's sign next door.

"We entered the tunnel wearing our traditional surfing attire - the Dryrobe and admired the plastic curves around us. 

"There was an excellent choice of trollies with some not needing a pound deposit.

"Parking is excellent albeit short stay only."

While many on Trip Advisor have embraced the opportunity to joke about their visits, some people are not getting the joke.

Donna from Derby gives a three-star rating and states:

“I didn’t realise that this was an attraction. As we only thought it was a under cover walk way to get to Sainsbury’s. A bit confused that people find it to be an attraction rather than a walk way.”

Generalmont from Hersham gives a one-star rating and asks if their leg is being pulled:

“I’m still not convinced that this is not an elaborate practical joke being played on me.

"The Bude tunnel is an elongated plastic bus shelter.

"It does a serviceable job linking Sainsbury’s car park to the store. As somewhere to visit its up there    with standing under an umbrella in the rain.

"It does the job but you wouldn't recommend it for a day out.”

And Melissa P adds:

“Folks I’m not even sure why this has been created as a place! It’s a Perspex tunnel at the side of a supermarket – we did use it as the Sainsbury’s car park is free for 90 mins so it came in handy but i wouldn’t go out of your way to visit and I certainly don’t think it’s of any architectural importance!”

If it's promoting Cornwall, Pirate FM loves positivity!

Let us know what your favourite attraction in Cornwall is in the form below.



Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Cornish monkey sanctuary faces uncertain future as it remains closed

Cornwall News: Wild Futures in Looe is set to lose £40k in July and August alone

How a Cornish leisure centre is helping to keep users safe post lockdown

Cornwall News: Carn Brea says there are measures in place including plenty of space and time for cleaning

Newer articles

Safety warning after couple spotted on cliff edge

Cornwall News: Coastsafe have this to say after the incident...

PHOTOS: Old toilet block could be turned into holiday home

Cornwall News: The building at Newlyn is up for auction for £15,000

Older articles

Warning after multiple rescues from same rip current

Cornwall News: It's as some lifeguard patrols end this month.

Graffiti scrawled on new Cornwall Pride wall

Cornwall News: The mural had only been completed for a week

Most read

A man's body was found on the A30 at Launceston

Cornwall News: The road between the Pennygillam and Lifton junctions has reopened

A30 reopens following earlier incident

Cornwall News: The road was closed between the Pennygillam and Liftondown junctions