Is Cornwall becoming too touristy?

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?

1 Comment

  • Helen Shingler says:

    You beat me to it, as I felt an article coming on! Seaside resorts are seasonal but Cornwall is popular all year round for walkers, fans of Poldark and other tv/film series, those interested in history etc. Padstow overcomes its congestion during the main tourist season with a Park and Ride which works extremely well. Where would you put a Park and Ride outside Bude when all the available fields are having houses built on them? Remember the outrageous proposal to put another car park on Summerleaze Downs? There’s that saying about becoming the victim of your own success and unfortunately that could be true of some parts of Cornwall but the fact remains that the majority of the County’s income is from tourism so we either grin and bear it or do those in charge of local tourism policies and promotion start thinking outside the box and become more inventive in how they deal with this issue?

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