Polzeath beach

Polzeath, North Cornwall

Polzeath is a famous surfing beach with a little village and a lovely vibe. Located on the headland opposite Padstow it was a favourite spot of the late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman and is captured in some of his verse. There are local shops, with a few pubs, cafés and restaurants. The waters are watched by lifeguards in the summer and there is plenty of space on this large sandy beach to sunbathe or get active.

If you are a fan of stunning walks then from this scenic spot you can follow the coastal path West from the beach and head towards Daymer bay and on to St Enodoc church. This peaceful site was buried by the sand dunes for century’s and is the final resting place of Sir John Betjeman. Heading East you take in fantastic coves, wildlife and rugged cliffs with New Polzeath, Lundy Bay, Trebarwith Strand and finally Port Isaac along the trail, but it is quite a climb.

If you prefer your adventuring on water rather than on foot then you are in for a treat! Here you can rent surf equipment, grab a lesson and take to the waves. Polzeath is quite a safe beach and there are surf schools on hand to help. You can now try stand up paddle boarding, a great activity for waves or flat water.