As lockdown restriction were eased across England, allowing overnight stays and meals out in pubs and restaurants, roads and motorways were gridlocked with tourists heading to the coast.
The M25 was clogged with traffic between junction 24 and 25 due to a broken down vehicle as Londoners tried to make their way out of the capital.
Resorts including Alton Towers were also opening today for the first time in more than three months, with safety measures in place such as temperature checking upon entrance.
There were multiple reports of accident on the M5, with the Exeter-based HART ambulance team seen heading southbound towards Junction 31, MailOnline reported.
Posting a picture of the tailbacks, one Twitter user wrote: “Genuinely concerned about the amount of people heading into Devon and Cornwall. The M5 at #Exeter is already backed up and every other vehicle is a caravan.”
Another said: “The M5 looks like a caravan park. Good luck Cornwall.”
Visit Cornwall chief executive Malcolm Bell has warned people to book ahead as bookings rise ‘across the board’ for the region, with web traffic for the site increasing by 20 per cent from the same time last year.
He told MailOnline: ‘We’re advising people to book ahead as there is a limited capacity, like campsites for example have reduced camping and so we have seen a rise in bookings. We would say to people to do their research, crack on and book ahead.
‘A lot of businesses are pleased they can ask for deposits and payments now – we’ve had an increase in new users on our website, exceeding last year. So people who were thinking of going to the Algarve or Tuscany are now thinking of Cornwall.
‘The strong message is you have to book before you come and also remember to book for restaurants and attractions as they’ve all gone to pre-booking.’