As Cornwall prepares to welcome visitors back, campers are asked to plan their visits and book in advance rather than leaving it to chance where they stay overnight.
The so-called “wild camping”, where campers go outdoors from official camping sites, is increasingly popular, but can be problematic and in some cases dangerous.
Rob Nolan, a member of the Cabinet of the Cornish Council for the Environment and Public Protection, said: “Our strong advice is that all visitors should book in advance with the appropriate accommodation providers and campsites, do not get to Cornwall without a plan on where to stay. Wild camping can cause problems with waste, sanitation, transgression and can create conflicts with landowners and residents.
“We welcome visitors to Cornwall and we want everyone to have a pleasant stay. But we ask that they respect our residents and our communities and follow all the rules of health orientation and the requirements for social removal.
“Please don’t be tempted to set up a tent or stay overnight in a camper wherever you like the look.”
There are serious safety concerns with wild camping on or near the highway, on farmland (especially before harvest) or near livestock.
Always follow the campaign code and be aware that while camping on cliffs, heaths or fast-flowing streams can seem idyllic, sudden changes in the weather can create unexpected risks.
Camping overnight in tents or vehicles in most parking lots or on beaches is not allowed. Furthermore, we do not accept camping in public parks or in controlled countryside such as AONB (Areas of extraordinary natural beauty), sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) or historical monuments or historical sites.
You don’t have to camp on private land without the owners’ permission.
Rob added: “Cornwall appreciates its tourism economy and welcomes visitors who have booked and planned ahead of time and who follow Coronavirus health guidelines.
“Please observe the signs posted on the beaches, in the parks, which show the deviations from the public paths and in other public outdoor areas. If you have dogs with you, please keep them under control at all times and on a leash in crowded areas and observe the restrictions in place on many beaches in these summer months. ”
“Welcome back to Cornwall. Stay safe. And stay safe. “