Guide to Cornwall's beaches

Polzeath Beach

Polzeath Beach
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Polzeath surfer

The popularity of Polzeath has grown over recent years. This results from the combination of a beautiful sandy beach, laid back beach town feel and ideal conditions for learning to surf. The beach itself is enormous at low tide, extending around half a mile in all directions. At high tide however the beach shrinks to just a small patch of sand in front of the village.
Polzeath is one of the safest beaches along this stretch of coast with its gently shelving sand and seasonal lifeguard cover. Along with all the facilities and water quality you would expect from a Blue Flag beach Polzeath is a great family beach. Another great feature is the parking on the beach - yes, actually on the beach!
Polzeath is located just north of the Camel Estuary in the lee of Pentire Point. The beach is only around 2 miles from Padstow as the crow flies but crossing the estuary makes for a significant detour and in fact Port Isaac is a shorter drive. This area is rich in both sealife and birdlife with dolphin sightings common along with the odd puffin too.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard cover: Easter bank holiday, weekends during April, daily from 5 May to 30 September and weekends during October

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Easter day to 1st October

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Disabled access

As would be expected of a Blue Flag beach there is good disabled access and facilities. Sand chairs are currently unavailable

Postcode

PL22 6TB

OS grid ref.

SW 9376 7908

Parking

There are several car parks in the vicinity of the beach, including the beach itself. Owing to the popularity of Polzeath these can fill up relatively quickly in the summer months.

Awards

Blue Flag Award

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