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Padstow, Cornwall (Image: Getty Images/EyeEm/Craig Hardyman)

When most of us imagine Cornwall, we are inundated with visions of a tranquil county with stunning scenery, dramatic coastline, long beaches, fascinating moorland, charming villages and towns with great businesses. Believe it or not, not everyone agrees with you.

“Stinky ports”, “sticky villages”, “bike paths with too many cyclists” and a coastal path that needs “serious policing” – this is how teasing visitors who left “poor” reviews and “terrible” on TripAdvisor see the county.

And don’t throw them at Bude’s beautiful sea pool which apparently is “nothing special”…

To mark the end of the high tourist season, Cornwall Live took a look at some of the most confusing reviews on TripAdvisor – including those deemed “outrageous and unreasonable”, so much so that we’re sure they’ll put a smile on your face or, at the very least, entertain you.

Charlestown is sticky

Bob O wrote: “We went here in 2017 and it was a nice place to visit and very scenic but now it’s just a tourist trap full of tacky food stalls, parking is a nightmare but if you’re happy to wait, people don’t seem to stay long”.

Amberley3737 commented: “What happened to this lovely harbour? I thought it was a world heritage site – is it still? Can’t believe how quickly this harbor has been transformed into some kind of Poldark theme park and an outdoor food hall.

“Fake sticky cannons, porta cabin food vendors that look like they’re from the motorway and rows of umbrellas which would be more in keeping with Benidorm. We stayed in lovely accommodation which we’ll review separately, but we spent the most days traveling further as Charlestown seemed packed with people just looking for beer and BBQ!”

Cave near Mousehole, Cornwall

Cave near Mousehole, Cornwall (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Bodmin Moor has bulls and horses

Cally G from Liverpool was not too fond of animals. Oh, and the walks are too long. “Okay if you like very very long walks among the bulls,” she wrote.

“Horses and bulls roam free – not the best idea we’ve had to walk the dog here! It’s very big and beautiful to look at with a beautiful huge lake, but you could easily get lost. It’s an adult place, kids wouldn’t enjoy it.”

Padstow is “boring, boring, boring”

Sue from London seems to think the water there needs to be cleaned up. She commented: “Overrun with tourists. Expensive shops in Padstow harbour. Water could be cleaner. There are so many tourists here the locals seemed fed up.”

Darren R added: “Boring. I can’t emphasize Padstow boring boring boring most of the town seems to be owned and run by one person…paid for half day parking after 1.5 hours. Not as nicer than we thought it would be and so expensive.”

Did we mention it was boring?

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Fowey ‘hates tourists’

Two angry visitors have sworn never to return to Fowey. A little hard…

Michael S wrote: “We stayed just outside Fowey for ten days at the end of September. This was our first visit. We had hoped to center the holiday around Fowey and the ferries and leave the car alone, but we only went into town three times as it was absolutely packed each time.

“There was a slightly manic, non-relaxing feel to the place and that was a big disappointment. I’m sure it’s beautiful in winter, but we didn’t like it and won’t be back.”

sarahsmithneeroberts added: “Don’t bother. I wouldn’t go back to Fowey even if you paid me. Full of horrible, rude people who hate tourists. The term cake and eating it comes to mind! It has a lovely Sandy cove to swim in, nice shops and a scenic river but very few places to sit and relax. Lots of high end shops and nice properties.”

A seaside town in Cornwall

People left great reviews about Cornwall (Photo: Greg Willson/Unsplash)

Cornish Coastal Path ‘needs serious policing’

Dorsydorsy Wells wrote: “Be careful! Walked from Penzance to Marazion. Fantastic walk completely ruined by the amount of dog excrement on the way. Needs serious policing.”

At least they recognized that the walks themselves were worth it.

Camel Trail has ‘too many cyclists’

“Ruined walk”, wrote James R Nice. “Fabulous scenery easy flat but ruined by cyclists who think they own the trail. Need eyes behind head to avoid getting run over”.

But the anger against cyclists does not stop there. According to Simon F Shrivenham, they can’t even drive in a straight line…

Simon commented: “Totally destroyed by its own popularity. All reviews are correct in that it is a beautiful path, nice and flat, technically good for families etc.

“The problem is that at the slightest glimmer of sunshine, everyone seems to go at once. As a result, the path is full of people who cannot ride in a straight line, children who have temper tantrums and general misery. It’s a testament to the general lack of British imagination that people feel the need to go to a specific cycle path to do their annual exercise. I guess on the right day, could be really nice (assuming you’re not on a road bike so much of the way is gravel). Don’t go during school holidays!!”

Bude Sea Pool is ‘nothing special’

“Nothing special,” wrote rockosworld Gretton. “It’s just a pool next to the beach, nothing special, good size, better to go when it’s much warmer”.

Ouch. But it gets worse… “Not as good as the Bude Tunnel, just a pool,” wrote Andy B. “For some real action, head to the tunnel. If you don’t like salt water, it’s definitely not for you. Did I mention the Bude tunnel?”

Truro Cathedral is not ‘old enough’

“Beautiful, but not exactly old,” ChrisGV pointed out of the cathedral which, indeed, was built between 1880 and 1910. have a coffee! Much more rewarding than the myths.”

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Golitha Falls is “a bit of choppy water”

J_pz_12 from Truro was disappointed. “I was expecting beautiful cascading waterfalls, however, the reality was a bit poor,” he wrote. “The walk through the woods had many tripping hazards with tree roots, rocks, etc. and little signage directing the way.

“There was dog poop but that’s because the owners don’t pick up the poop or leave bags behind (shame on them). I thought there would be a big waterfall that would fall from a higher level, but alas it didn’t. We aborted the mission after 45 minutes and went to the cafe for coffee in the parking lot instead. Disappointed.”

Alan S hasn’t really seen the falls, but here is his opinion anyway: “Not seen, therefore not recommended! “Falls – well, some choppy water – we were actually glad we didn’t put in the extra effort!”

Mevagissey is a “smelly port”

MB described the beautiful Meva as “boring and overbearing”. And again as a “tedious area”.

“Unless you’re really into boat-watching, you’ll spend the whole trip in a state of confusion over the time, hassle and cost of getting to an old, smelly harbor like any other,” wrote they wrote. “There was a seagull. And some very pompous, bossy women with Union Jack sunglasses who told me we should have left them in front of us, followed by several minutes talking loudly about disrespect these days .I wish there was someone I could claim a refund from.”

Last but not least Brumwzz from Birmingham with their savage review which recently went viral. “Horrible,” they wrote. “Nothing but dodging cars as they speed through the streets towards ridiculously positioned parking lots. With two young children and a dog, it was impossible to comfortably wall around the place without having to step aside all the few minutes due to a car Stressed I got out so much we left Not a visitor friendly place at all.

“Almost nowhere to sit on the harbour. Also, there are hardly any places for dogs to eat. There are almost no places with outdoor seating if you want to dine outside. Probably because of the constantly passing cars. The place needs a revamp. Lots of places just outside the main part where they could put more parking. Gift shops had just any old crap you can buy anywhere in the UK Don’t bother.

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