Cornwall: Kim Conchie says there is a 'perfect storm' in county
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Summer staycations in Cornwall have been extremely popular this year. So much so, the county asked people not to come.
Newquay was branded “pandemic capital” and Cornwall’s Covid cases spiked enough the army was called in to help ambulance crews.
Cornwall may have been Britons’ favourite staycation spot for 2021, and it’s already gearing up to keep its title for 2022.
In an incredible release, Aspects Holidays told Britons their summer 2022 staycation may be at risk.
They report “popular destinations like St Ives and Carbis Bay are already over 85 percent full for May half term and 75 percent full for the summer holidays” 2022.
And they encourage Britons to book now to avoid disappointment.
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On social media, Cornwall is getting a lot of love this year.
Picture-perfect beaches and family fun do not seem to be marred by the reports of increased Covid cases, long queues, hiked up prices or calls from the tourism board to stay away.
The entire country seemingly heading to the same staycation spot, however, brings its own set of challenges.
Not only is Cornwall already set to be full next year, this year’s holidaying Britons have had to contend with impossible to find parking, the pandemic and complaining tourists.
One Twitter user said: “Cornwall is very overrated. There I said it.”
Another had a problem with parking: “Anyone else now got dozens of parking apps on their phone that took 15 minutes each to download and figure out how to use and that they’ll probably never use again?”
Someone else had a thread to explain why they’ll never staycation again.
They said: “You pay the ‘bargain’ price of £180 per night to stay in a ‘hotel’ with no on-site parking, no breakfast beyond small packets of cereal and instant coffee, and with no staff visible beyond 6pm – leaving you with a non-lobby where you can’t even switch the lights on!”
They continued: “You leave thinking that the only two good things about Cornwall are the sun and cute dogs, that it’s otherwise not worth it – and that you don’t want to staycation in the UK EVER AGAIN.”
And it’s not just tourist who may have some complaints.
Locals are also feeling the strain of living in Britain’s favourite holiday county.
One local said: “So many people on staycation it’s become impossible to social distance. A303 main route to Devon & Cornwall has been a constant stream of traffic since June, creating a perfect environment in our small towns & villages for spreading the virus.”
It was also reported the staycation boom is increasing the housing crisis in holiday areas.
With the huge demand from tourists, accommodations are being turned into holiday lets, to the detriment of locals.
Cornwall is already filling up for summer 2022, and Britons looking to staycation next year may want to start looking now.
The county has a lot to offer to holidaymakers, with a beautiful coastline, great food and plenty of activities on offer.
A new cycling route was also announced, and its arrival after the main summer season is no coincidence.
Charity Cycling UK launched the 150-mile, mostly off-road, West Kernow Way today, and “deliberately waited until after the summer holidays”.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “We’ve waited until the end of the main tourism season to launch this route for two reasons: to avoid giving people another reason to travel down to the county when it is already busy, but also as part of a wider initiative to encourage off-season tourism in the region.
“By encouraging people to use quiet back roads and paths to get to popular destinations in the region, we hope to reduce the pressure and congestion in these areas too.”
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