I posted this on my blog, Adventures in Trim last week and it provoked a couple of interesting comments so I thought I would re-post it here along with the comments themselves. Hopefully KK & Rebecca wont mind me using their words & it might provoke some more discussion. Incidentally Rebeccas blog is worth checking too if you have five minutes spare!
Here’s the post in full:
It’s been with a certain sense of mild amusement that i’ve watched the gentrification of Watergate Bay over the last few years. It’s gone from being a slightly overlooked end of Newquay to a kind of middle class yuppie enclave where the London set come to take the waters without having to be bothered by the great unwashed masses that clog up the town beaches. Where the farmers market is Jamie Oliver branded and the flats & holiday lets are well out of most peoples price range.
Wgate does tend to be full of people unable to park their chelsea tractors, and I’m not really a fan of some of the modern buildings springing up.
That said there are benefits of the development. Although you do have to pay to use the carpark the charges aren’t too steep (I paid 50p there yesterday morning), and it is really well maintained. No hobbling over broken tarmac and gravel like at Saunton! There are plenty of bins (including recycling) and the new takeaway on the beach does great bacon sandwiches in eco-friendly packaging. It’s definitely a nicer place to take the family than the town beaches.