Huge surge in holiday bookings in Cornwall and Devon

There was a huge surge in bookings for camping holidays in Devon and Cornwall last week, compared to the same period last year. Website Cool Camping has revealed that bookings in Cornwall were up by 443% against the same week last year. Meanwhile, bookings in Devon were up 246% over the same period, compared to 241% over the south west as whole - which suggests Cornwall and Devon remain the favourite destinations in the region for holidaymakers.

Yesterday, Cool Camping said it had experienced its busiest day in nearly 15 years, after health officials indicated outdoor accommodation could be lower risk holiday destinations than hotels during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The incoming 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the UK means many people are considering a domestic break instead of a foreign trip this summer. Campsite booking website Cool Camping told the PA news agency that Sunday was its strongest day for revenue since it began operating in 2006.

It also recorded a five-fold increase in the number of bookings during the week after Boris Johnson's announcement about easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions on May 10 compared with the previous seven-day period. This morning Devon and Cornwall police were waking up visitors in campervans and telling them to 'come back later'. Police were out on dawn patrol in Newquay, identifying and moving on campervans that had come to the region.

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Yesterday saw 'carnage' on beaches in Cornwall and roads in Devon were gridlocked as many people "from all over the country" headed to the south west to make the most of the sunshine.

Devon County Council confirmed that around 70 Penalty Charge Notices have been issued for illegally parked motorists on Challacombe Hill in Woolacombe. A spokesman added: "A huge number of people have decided to park illegally on Challacombe Hill in Woolacombe today, leaving their cars on a clearway where parking is prohibited at all times. "Access has to be maintained for emergency vehicles on this stretch of road and around 70 Penalty Charge Notices have been issued.

Police have been helping move vehicles on to keep the road clear." Beach car parks have been closed to new traffic and there are no amenities or toilets open when drivers arrive. Ilfracombe and Braunton Police added: "Roads towards the North Devon coast are now gridlocked.

There are no amenities open or toilets.

We have vehicles from all over the country identified, please do not travel here.

"We will still be here when this is over so come back when it's safe to do so."

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