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Grumpy tourists slam some of UK’s most popular seaside resorts

An aerial view of Padstow, Cornwall

Padstow, Cornwall (Picture: Getty Pictures/EyeEm/Craig Hardyman)

When most of us image Cornwall, we’re flooded with visions of a quiet county with gorgeous landscapes, a dramatic shoreline, lengthy seashores, fascinating moorland, charming villages and cities with pretty companies. Consider it or not, not everybody agrees with you.

“Smelly harbours”, “cheesy villages”, “cycle trails with too many cyclists”, and a coastal path that wants “critical policing” – that’s how the teasy guests who’ve left “poor” and “horrible” critiques on TripAdvisor see the county.

And do not get them began on the attractive Bude sea pool which, apparently, is “nothing particular”…

To mark the top of the height vacationer season, Cornwall Dwell has had a take a look at a few of the most baffling critiques on TripAdvisor – together with ones deemed “outrageous and unreasonable”,  a lot in order that we’re positive they are going to make you smile or, on the very least, entertain you.

Charlestown is cheesy

Bob O wrote: “We went right here in 2017 and it was a pleasant place to go to and really picturesque nonetheless now it is only a vacationer lure stuffed with cheesy meals stalls, parking is a nightmare however if you’re completely satisfied to attend individuals do not appear to remain lengthy”.

Amberley3737 commented: “What has develop into of this pretty harbour? I assumed it was a World Heritage web site – is it nonetheless? I can not imagine how shortly this harbour has been changed into some form of Poldark theme park and an out of doors meals corridor.

“Cheesy pretend cannons, porta cabin meals distributors that seem like they’ve come from the motorway and rows of umbrellas that will be extra in line with Benidorm. We stayed in pretty lodging which we are going to evaluation individually however we spent most days travelling additional afield as Charlestown appeared rammed with individuals simply in search of beer and BBQ!”

Cave near Mousehole, Cornwall

Cave close to Mousehole, Cornwall (Picture: Getty Pictures/iStockphoto)

Bodmin Moor has bulls and horses

Cally G, from Liverpool, wasn’t too eager on the animals. Oh, and the walks are too lengthy. “Okay should you like very very lengthy walks amongst bulls,” she wrote.

“Horses and bulls roam freely – not one of the best concept we needed to stroll the canine right here! It’s extensively massive and exquisite to take a look at with a beautiful large lake, however you can simply get misplaced. That is an grownup place, kids wouldn’t take pleasure in it.”

Padstow is ‘boring, boring, boring’

Sue, from London, appears to assume the water there wants a great clear. She commented: “Overrun by vacationers. Costly outlets in Padstow harbour. The water may very well be cleaner. There are such a lot of vacationers right here, locals gave the impression to be fed up.”

Darren R added: “Boring. Cannot spotlight Padstow boring boring boring, many of the city appears to be owned and run by one particular person…paid for half day parking left after an hour and a half. Not as good as we thought can be and sooooo costly.”

Did we point out it was boring?

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Fowey ‘hates vacationers’

Two offended guests vowed to by no means return to Fowey. Bit harsh…

Michael S wrote: “We stayed simply exterior Fowey for ten days on the finish of September. It was our first go to. We had hoped to centre the vacation round Fowey and the ferry boats and depart the automotive alone however we solely went into the city 3 times because it was completely packed every time.

“There was a barely manic, unrelaxing really feel to the place and It was an enormous disappointment. I’m positive it’s stunning within the winter, however we didn’t prefer it and gained’t be coming again once more.”

sarahsmithneeroberts added: “Don’t hassle. I’d not return Fowey even should you paid me. Stuffed with horrible, impolite individuals who hate vacationers. The time period cake and eat it springs to thoughts! It has a pleasant sandy cove for swimming, pretty outlets & a picturesque river however only a few locations to take a seat and chill. A great deal of high-end outlets and exquisite properties.”

A seaside town in Cornwall

Individuals left some fascinating critiques of Cornwall (Picture: Greg Willson/Unsplash)

Cornish coastal path ‘wants critical policing’

Dorsydorsy Wells wrote: “Watch out! Walked from Penzance to Marazion. Improbable stroll utterly ruined by the quantity of canine excrement on the trail. Wants some critical policing.”

Not less than they recognised the walks themselves are price it.

Camel Path has ‘too many cyclists’

“Stroll ruined,” James R Good wrote. “Fabulous surroundings straightforward flat waking however ruined by cyclists who assume they personal the path. Want eyes at the back of your head to keep away from being run over”.

However the anger in opposition to cyclists doesn’t finish there. In line with Simon F Shrivenham, they can not even journey in a straight line…

Simon commented: “Completely destroyed by its personal reputation. The entire critiques are appropriate in that this can be a stunning path, good and flat, technically good for households and so forth.

“The difficulty is that given even the slightest glimmer of sunshine everybody appears to go there directly. Consequently, the trail is full of people that cannot journey in a straight line, children having tantrums and common distress. It’s testomony to the final British lack of creativeness that individuals really feel the necessity to go to a selected cycle path to get their annual train. I think about on the proper day it may very well be actually nice (assuming you aren’t on a highway bike as a lot of the trail is gravel). Simply do not go within the faculty holidays!!”

Bude sea pool is ‘nothing particular’

“Nothing particular,” rockosworld Gretton wrote. “It is only a swimming pool subsequent to the seashore, nothing particular, good measurement, greatest to go when the climate is rather a lot hotter”.

Ouch. However it will get worse… “Inferior to the Bude Tunnel, only a pool,” Andy B wrote. “For actual motion head up the highway to the tunnel. Should you don’t like salt water that is undoubtedly not for you. Did I point out the Bude tunnel?”

Truro Cathedral is not ‘sufficiently old’

“Good, however not precisely historical,” ChrisGV identified concerning the cathedral which, certainly, was constructed between 1880 and 1910. “Newish spiritual development in the course of a bustling, fascinating small metropolis. Keep away from the mysticism, and go for a espresso! Far more rewarding than myths.”

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Golitha Falls are ‘a little bit of tough water’

J_pz_12 from Truro was underwhelmed. “I used to be anticipating stunning waterfalls cascading down, nonetheless, the fact was a bit poor,” he wrote. “The stroll by means of woods concerned many journey hazards with tree roots, rocks and so forth… additionally not a lot signage exhibiting the way in which.

“There was some canine poo however that is all the way down to the homeowners not gathering the poo or leaving luggage behind (disgrace on them). I assumed there was going to be a big waterfall tumbling down from a better stage however alas this was not the case. We aborted mission after 45mins and went to the café for a espresso within the automotive park as an alternative. Dissatisfied.”

Alan S hasn’t really seen the falls, however here is his opinion anyway: “Not seen, so not really helpful! We visited after a really slight rainfall the day prior to this and the resultant mud made the paths impassable. Having then seen images of the “falls” – effectively, a little bit of tough water – we had been glad the truth is that we had expended no additional effort!”

Mevagissey is a ‘smelly harbour’

M B described stunning Meva as “tedious and overbearing”. After which once more as a “tedious space”.

“Except you’re a very avid boat- spotter, you’ll spend the entire journey in a state of bewilderment on the time, hassle and value of attending to an aged, smelly harbour like every other,” they wrote. “There was a seagull. And a few very pompous, overbearing girls with union jack sun shades who informed me we should always have allow them to in entrance of us, adopted by a number of minutes of speaking loudly concerning the lack of respect nowadays. I want there was somebody I may demand a refund from.”

Final however not least, Brumwzz from Birmingham with their savage evaluation that not too long ago went viral. “Terrible,” they wrote. “Nothing however avoiding vehicles as they drive across the streets to ridiculously positioned automotive parks. With two young children and a canine it was not possible to comfortably wall across the place with out having to step out of the way in which each jiffy due to a automotive. Confused me out a lot we left. Not a visitor-friendly place in any respect.

“Nearly nowhere to take a seat out on the harbour. Plus hardly any dog-friendly locations to eat. There are nearly no locations with exterior seating if you wish to dine exterior. In all probability due to the fixed passing vehicles. The entire place wants a redesign. Loads of locations simply exterior the principle half they may put extra parking. The reward outlets simply had any outdated crap you should purchase wherever within the UK. Do not hassle.”


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