CoaST's 5 ways to be the best sort of visitor to Cornwall
1. Reduce, Reuse, recycle
Refuse packaging and bags you don't need, reuse what you can and recyle the rest - lots of campsites, B&Bs and hotels have recycling bins.
2. Get out of the Car
Walk, cycle, ride, use public transport, see what there is to do where you are.
3. Stay local, eat local, buy local, see local
That about covers it.
4. Chill out - Switch off
The lights, that is, and anything else you're not using that consumes power.
5. When in Rome...
...do as the Romans, er Cornish. Which is to say make use of local knowledge of what's on, where to go, how to get there.
Find out more at cstn.org.uk
Bike and train
In addition to the national train info websites (firstgreatwestern.co.uk; nationalrail.co.uk; thetrainline.com) try carfreedaysout.com, a site whose home page is entitled 'Great Scenic Railways of Devon and Cornwall' which should give you an idea of what they're all about ... And if it's bike information you're after, the national organisation Sustrans is as good a place as any to start; their Cornwall-related pages are at sustrans.org.uk
Food and drink
down the best Cornish food and drink isn't difficult. Apart from local
stores and farmers' markets, try foodfromcornwall.co.uk which tells you where to find the best Cornish produce. It's worth
remembering, too, that this mightn't just mean stalls and shops; places
like Roskillys (for ice cream: roskillys.co.uk)
and Camel Valley (for wine: camelvalley.com)
are open for tours and tastings as well as having cafés and restaurants
worth visiting in their own right.
We've only scratched the surface here. There are plenty of places to look for more info on sustainable tourism and the most obvious is CoaST (The Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project). On their site cstn.org.uk you'll find much more information about all of this. You can log in as a visitor to Cornwall and find out which businesses are ahead of the game in offering a more sustainable holiday.