Cornwall beaches: Tourists should STOP visiting during the summer according to locals

Cornwall tourism has warned tourists to stop visiting after dangerous numbers of visitors has affected the local communities.

The company has stopped promoting Porthcurno beach and Kynance Cove, two smaller locations which have been badly affected.

It comes after the dramatic June-July heatwave saw thousands flock to the beaches across the summer – a whopping 20 per cent more than the usual 4.5 million per year.

The beaches have been made popular by TV series Poldark, with the region being made popular after season two.

The increase in tourism has caused huge traffic jams and gridlock, sparking safety fears.

A spokesperson from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust told the BBC: “This summer we have struggled to reach patients on various occasions due to vehicles being parked inappropriately.

“Traffic congestion and inconsiderate parking do present significant challenges to our crews, especially in tourist resorts and areas where the roads are more limited.”

Locals have expressed concerns, as the increase in tourism has caused late deliveries and clogged roads for commuters.

However, holiday park Bec Matthews said he was “sick of people moaning” as the tourism was good for business.

Malcolm Bell from VisitCornwall warned a “balance” was needed for both tourists and locals.

He told the BBC “nobody wants to see this sort of mass tourism affecting the area”.

Visitors using home rental website Airbnb increased to an extra 20,000 visitors every day.

Ways to tackle the problem have included a daily park and ride service during the popular summer season, and schools varying their summer holiday schedule for children to spread out the holiday times across the months.

The area will be welcoming another 50,000 tourists this weekend for the annual festival Boardmasters.

Britons wanting to avoid the tourists during the hot weather can choose different beaches in Britain.

Nanjizal in West Cornwall is a hidden spot tucked away on the Penrith peninsula and much emptier than other beaches in the area.

Over-tourism has plagued many countries in Europe as more people visit foreign cities.

Spain has struggled to cope and anti-tourist groups have targeted visitors, citing high rents due to home rental services and busy streets during high season.

Italy and Croatia have struggled for the same reason as some of the small historical towns are overwhelmed during peak season.

Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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