At the mouth of the Camel Estuary, Polzeath sits on the headland opposite Padstow and is a glorious spot, with wild and rugged coastline much loved by surfers and walkers alike.
Visit Polzeath and the award-winning waters are very much at the forefront of everyone’s minds, whether it’s enjoyed from afar on a coastal walk, on the nearby golf course of St Enodoc or the simple feeling of sand between your toes and salt on your lips.
The beach at Polzeath is beautiful with soft golden sand though do watch out when the surf is high, and the beach all but vanishes at high tide. The surfing is great around here, so if you fancy trying it out for the first time, check out one of the surfing schools (there are two in Polzeath, Surf’s Up and Polzeath Surf School), or if are a seasoned expert, grab your board and head for the water so you can experience the adrenaline rush of catching waves.
But it’s not all about the water. From the South West coastal path that passes through Polzeath to the lovely beaches of Daymer Bay and Trebetherick, there’s plenty of walking opportunities. There’s a lovely nature reserve and Pentire point is worth exploring. The offshore rock called The Mouls is a breeding site for puffins, gannets and kittiwakes making the area a bird-lovers delight.
Just outside of Polzeath lies the mysterious St Enodoc Church. Why this little 12th century chapel was built amongst the sand dunes close to Daymer Bay, nobody is really sure, but it’s worth a visit for its great location and stunning views.
Not to be overshadowed by its neighbour Padstow, Polzeath has some great places to eat and is a little more laid-back in keeping with its surfer heritage. The Waterfront Polzeath has a great terrace, perfect for watching the sun set over Pentire Point and their menu is laden with local goodies such as Porthilly mussels. The Point at Polzeath offers a wide selection of food and has great fish and chips. There are lots of cafes to be found here too if you want something a little lighter, with The Sandbar and Galleon Beach Cafe popular favourites.