Beach Culture Shock

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From this...

...to this.

From one beach to another, I’m full of cold and back from Greece, which is experiencing climate change in the form of abnormally turbulent weather, and heading to Cornwall for next weekend.

I haven’t been there since ‘Straw Dogs’ put me off, but now I believe it’s all Rick Stein restaurants and millionaires’ homes. Certainly, it seems to be the most expensive staycation you can take. I used to drive down for the weekend and stay at a B&B for virtually nothing. Now it costs more than a trip to Spain. But I’m doing a little research and need to stay overnight.

Clearly an influx of outside money does nothing for Cornish towns, as Cornwall remains the poorest county in the country. There’s presumably no way they can compete with package holidays, and the weather is even more unreliable than Europe’s right now. I’ll be reporting back on what I find.

4 comments on “Beach Culture Shock”

  1. Martha says:

    I used to love Cornwall, actually staying frequently in Padstow(BRS). I also developed strong fond feelings for Port Isaacs when my daughter and washed up there exhausted after walking the North Coast Path from Tintagel. Never forget that what goes down must inevitably go back up again. Have fun. I hope your trip is successful.

  2. Anne Fernie says:

    You can’t beat Cornwall (I like Newlyn – try buying crab fresh off the boat; unbeatable and yes, Port Isaacs is brilliant). You might just beat the hordes and it is still possible to avoid them if you want to……enjoy.

  3. Unforgettable memories of an enthusiastic English guy sort of surfing with a short plastic board at Easter 1972 in the waves of Gorran Haven. I was wearing an anorak and feeling just right, and he was wearing a flimsy bermuda. He did come out of the sea with a rather reddened skin, but he actually appeared to enjoy himself. In those days, you could depend on English people behaving englishly. ^______^

  4. Marc says:

    All the millionaires’ homes and Rick Stein restaurants are on the coast. Just venture a few miles inshore – particularly to towns built on the extractive industries linke tin and china clay mining (such as St Austell, Redruth and Bodmin)- and you’ll see a very different and very sad side to Cornwall.

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