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 between Pentire Head to the north and Highcliff to the west. 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. There are lifeguards on the beach during the daytime in the summer season. Although generally a safe beach, there can be large surf with rips and care should be taken at all times. There is a sand and shingle beach, situated at the mouth of a river and backed by interesting cliffs.
Reasons to visit Polzeath
- Fantastic beach
- Haven for surfers
- Nature reserve – look out for playful dolphins
- Great spot for bird watching
- Coastal paths offering spectacular views of the rugged coastline
- Waterfront restaurants serving delicious local produce
Things to do in Polzeath
- Enjoy a fun filled day on the beach with an abundance of activities to try, from rock pooling at low tide, body boarding, learning to surf with a local surf school and of course having a go at building a sand castle
- Polzeath beach is a nature reserve, so whilst soaking up the sun, or surfing the waves, make sure you look out for dolphins, puffins and many other coastal birds. The beach more or less disappears at high tide and the car park may disappear too in very stormy conditions
- A coastal path passes through Polzeath in one direction to Daymer Bay and Rock, and in the other through New Polzeath, Pentire Point and along miles of stunning coastline
- Spend a day at Daymer bay situated just around the next corner offering another fantastic beach which normally has calmer waves, ideal for swimmers and wind surfers. There are many sports and leisure facilities in the area, including a couple of golf courses
- With many fabulous restaurants and cafes to choose from you will be spoilt for choice on where to dine, look out for waterfront restaurants for the most beautiful views
- St Enodoc Church stands, enigmatically, among the sand dunes above Daymer Bay. It is overshadowed by Brea Hill and is surrounded by the fairways of St Enodoc Golf Course. Why this charming chapel is here is a mystery. That it is an ancient place of worship is without doubt, some of the architecture can be traced back to the 12th century.
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