An article on BBC Cornwall reckons Cornwall has struggled to cope with unprecedented mass tourism this summer. The rain might see some visitors off but we have been gifted an amazing longlasting heatwave, while people travelling abroad using Ryanair have been dodging strike action. Add the two together and a holiday in Cornwall seems an especially good bet.
The county tourist board has stopped actively promoting Porthcurno Beach and Kynance Cove on The Lizard, two places which are ordinarily fairly tranquil and stunningly beautiful when they are relatively empty. As much as the overcrowded beaches, the roads to them have become gridlocked. Bude has fortunately not been too bad, and I feel I’ve seen fewer massive camper vans on the roads this year than previously. However, like many who live nearby I’ve tended to avoid the beaches during the summer, and indeed have had a few city breaks!
It’s a tough one. Seaside resorts are seasonal and rely heavily on tourism to survive the rest of the year, as we all know, but there comes a point when the tourist experience cannot be good with overcrowded roads, busy car parks, and saturated beaches.
I’m not sure what the answer is but in some places, park and ride would be a solution. This they have in Lyme Regis in Dorset as it has particularly narrow streets; it seems to work quite well. What are your thoughts on Bude this summer?