A haven for surfers and beach lovers alike
A favourite haunt of both the late Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman and also former PM David Cameron, Polzeath is famed for its beach and surf.
Polzeath is a small village situated on the north coast of Cornwall, home to a fantastic beach and one of the world’s most renowned surfing destinations. The beach is a magnificent stretch of golden sand situated between Pentire Head to the north and the mouth of the Camel Estuary. It was a favourite haunt of the late Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, and is celebrated in some of his verse.
Polzeath is a haven for surfers and beach lovers alike with lifeguards on the beach during the daytime in the summer season. Although generally a safe, sandy beach, there can be large surf with rips, and care should be taken at times. Just to the north of the main beach, and joined when the tide is out, is the quieter Pentire Haven beach.
An inspired headland
"In-coming tide, Atlantic waves, slapping the sunny cliffs" So wrote Sir John Betjeman in his poem 'Seaside Golf'. One of the many poems inspired by his days down in Cornwall. He would come down by train to Padstow and cross the water to Trebetherick, next door to Polzeath. When he died in 1984, his body was laid to rest in the little graveyard at St.Enodoc Church, right in the middle of the golf course.
Another poet inspired by the area was Laurence Binyon, who wrote 'For the Fallen' the remembrance poem, on the cliffs at nearby Pentire Head. It is best known for the lines "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them."
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Plan your trip
Everything you need to know to plan your perfect trip to Portreath
From the M5 follow the A30 to Bodmin, Turn off here and head through the town taking the A389 to Wadebridge. From Wadebridge take the B3314 and follow signs to Polzeath.
The nearest National Express stop is at Bodmin from where the No 96 bus goes to Polzeath via Wadebridge.
The nearest mainline railway station is Bodmin Parkway. From here you can get a bus into Bodmin and then catch the No96 to Polzeath via Wadebridge.
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