5.4 Million visitors to 'bude-iful' Cornwall causing chaos for environment
by Martyn Lowder
What's Going On Here?
Visit Cornwall, the county's tourist board has stopped promoting two of its most iconic spots. This comes as record numbers descend on the county in search of unspoilt beaches and untouched coastline.
What Does This Mean?
It is estimated that visitor numbers to the UK county are up by about 20% this year on the usual 4.5 million figure. Many put this down to the sizzling temperatures and not to mention the beautiful scenery… And we aren't just talking about the smouldering Captain Poldark ;).
There has been so much love for Cornwall this summer that the Cornish tourist board has stopped promoting Porthcurno Beach and Kynance Cove. This is due to a variety of reasons but one of which is the damage to the local environment.
Why Should We Care?
Swarms of tourists can have a major impact on the very areas that they are there to explore. Natural ecosystems can be left vulnerable to; loss of habitats due to increased rates of erosion, more litter and not to mention higher levels of air pollution left by the smelly traffic jams!
Here at curious.earth we love the fact that more Brits than ever are choosing a staycation and choosing not to fly abroad! But let’s enjoy the beauty of the UK and not all go to the same place right?
With 15 national parks and over 12,000 km of coastline we ask: “Is there anywhere better to explore? Just ask Ross Edgley (who is currently swimming around the UK).
Curious.martyn spent his 2017 visiting all 15 UK national parks... here are his top 3!
Don't forget to let us know where you end up on your staycation @curious.earth.hq
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