in fact, Cornwall Live reported this week that they had received numerous comments and emails from residents expressing their disappointment that this West Cornwall beauty spot no longer receives publicity. The number of people visiting the beach near Trinh at the time on Instagram caused serious concern for people living in the area.
The beach’s rise in popularity, particularly over the past couple of years when holidaymakers have been unable to travel abroad due to Covid, has led to a host of problems from snarled traffic and littering to fights, fires and alleged drug abuse by those looking to replicate the Ibiza experience in Cornwall.
The beach is also famous for dangerous rip currents and has no lifeguards, which only increases the fear of residents.
Over the past five years, the number of calls to the emergency services regarding incidents on the beach has increased. There are also concerns that the increase in population is leading to erosion and degradation of the area’s beauty.
A resident said: “Apart from access issues and a lack of facilities, including lifeguards, the huge amount of social media coverage over the past few years has led to huge numbers of visitors, which in turn have created huge infrastructure challenges for the local area.”
Another agreed that its popularity and coverage nationally and locally as a “secret gem” was having a “disastrous effect on the local environment and infrastructure. Simply put, the narrow lanes, coastal paths and the huge number of “Instagramma” visitors who “heard” about it through social media” are putting enormous pressure on the local infrastructure and the erosion of the coastal environment. It is no longer a secret beach and its beauty is in danger of being destroyed “.
It’s not uncommon for traffic all the way to Porthcurn – which also has a popular beach – with vehicles left on the roadside as available parking spaces fill up quickly in the height of the summer season. There is a complete lack of infrastructure on the beach, increasing local residents’ concerns about litter, pollution and pollution.
Anyone who has visited Porthcurno knows that it is definitely not Ibiza. The roads are narrow and can’t cope with the busy days in high season, when up to 3,000 cars have been recorded trying to squeeze into the village, not only for the beach, but also for the ever-popular Minak Theatre.
A resident who contacted CornwallLive with his concerns said the trouble started in 2018 when Pedn Wonder went viral on social media: “The world and his wife came crashing down on West Penwith and Trinh.
“We had roads blocked, emergency services unable to operate, local bus network blocked, rubbish collection services and food delivery trucks unable to get to Treen Farm campsite, Minack staff and performers unable to get to the theatre, nappies in hedgerows, aluminum barbeque trays left everywhere, human excrement at every field entrance and wasteland, bottles, cans, food wrappers and garbage bags strewn liberally across the hedgerows.
“The path to the beach was a dangerous, downhill nightmare, people were clambering over each other hoping to take pictures to share on social media, the beach was packed, shards of broken glass, tent pegs, excrement were left in the sand. .It was hell.”
“Since then, every summer has been equally stressful. Including the last two years of correction, when all sorts of people who would normally party in Ibiza sought out Pedn Wonder, lured by promises on Instagram of “#paradise” or “#bestbeachintheworld”. As a result, gangs of party leaders flocked to the beach, a case of beer on one shoulder, a ghetto blaster on the other, oblivious to Covid, desperate to “load up”.
He added: “Over the past decade the beach has gone from a quiet sanctuary where a few respectful people could find peace and quiet in nature to the scene of an over-hyped summer festival that went on for far too long. deep bottle caps, vomit, dog poo, litter, excrement, fights, fires, smoke, graffiti, drug abuse and paraphernalia. The same can be said for Porthcurna Beach, Keenans, Sennen and many other hotspots in the county.”
A resident pointed out that Peden Wonder’s significant rip currents “can be deadly for unwary bathers, which has been witnessed many times. The main path down to the beach is dangerous, slippery, rocks, there are many opportunities to kill yourself.
“People injure themselves every year, often because they’re completely oblivious, wearing flip-flops, seduced by the gentle promise of a ‘#bucketlistexperience’ on Instagram. There are stinging jellyfish, weaver fish, sea lice, crumbling rocks with the occasional rockfall.
“There are no rescuers – only a bunch of selfless local residents who help where they can. Increasingly we are having to call the emergency services, RNLI/Coastguard/Air Support etc to clear up the mess.’