Distant view of Stepper Point across winter seas from the beach at Polzeath, North Cornwall. National Trust Images, John Gerrish.
Beach with Cafe
A perfect surfing beach, Polzeath is a Blue Flag award-winning beach, which is easily accessible. It tends to long, slow-breaking surfing waves; hence, its immense popularity in an area packed with a superb choice of beaches to visit.
The small town of Polzeath has a laid back vibe, with the shops aimed at surfers, and a handy Spar for a quick ‘on the hoof’ snack or drink. The beach is sandy, with half a mile in each direction to enjoy at low tide (and virtually nothing at high tide) so make the most of its vast expanse for beach cricket, rounders, and Cornish ice cream.
West facing and flat within the bay, the beach is regularly cleaned. It is a wonderful place to learn sand art, too. Or you may enjoy a walk along the coast path as Polzeath is close to Rock and Port Isaac.
To escape the surfboards, you can try Little Polzeath beach next to it, perfect for swimming, bodyboarding and a spot of rock pooling, with the Waterfront Café bar open during high season. For walkers there is a nice easy 2-mile walk from the beach to nearby Daymer Bay and Rock, which sit at the mouth of the Camel Estuary.
It has a car park on the beach, which is not the cheapest but is very convenient. The best time to visit is early in the morning for plenty of parking availability and space.