The long, soft sandy Polzeath beach stretches for around 500 meters and when the tide is out it makes the beach look as long as it is wide. At high tides there is a fairly short amount of distance to the head of the beach. The beach itself is fairly flat which means the water is shallow for quite a way at high tides which is ideal for beginner surfers. It does mean however if you set your picnic up too far down the beach then you’ll be forced to move back when the tide comes in.
Polzeath beach is located right at the mouth of the eastern side of the Camel Estuary. On the western side a couple of miles away as the crow flies is Padstow further inland. The closest major town to Polzeath beach however is Wadebridge around 7 miles away.
Polzeath village is a relatively new in comparison to most of Cornwall’s coastal resorts and a lot of the development here sprung up with tourism in mind. It is extremely popular during the summer and prime minister David Cameron has holidayed here for the past 5 years (2010-2015).
Just like any beach around Cornwall the Southwest Coastal path is a great way to take in some beautiful and dramatic scenery from Polzeath. Taking the coast path north from Polzeath (to the right), you can make your way around Pentire point and take in some stunning views over Port Quin Bay toward Port Isaac. Walking south from Polzeath takes you along the Camel Estuary on a path known as the Greenway. After just over a mile you will arrive at another popular beach called Daymer Bay.
Getting To & Parking At Polzeath Beach
On the A39 take the B3314 at Wadebridge which is signposted for Polzeath. Following the B3314 will take you straight to Polzeath beach after around 7 miles from Wadebridge.
There is a car park actually on the beach which when open will be the first to fill up. If this main car park is full there is another beach car park back on the road you entered in on and a further huge car park for peak times at the top of the hill if you carry on past the beach car park.
Access and Facilities
There is flat, level entry onto the beach suitable for disabled access and push chairs from both the car parks closest to the beach. The larger car park at the top of the hill is a few hundred meters from the beach down a fairly accessible slope.
There are toilets opposite the beach car park across the road with full disabled facilities.
Lifeguard Patrol and Swimming
There is an RNLI lifeguard patrol stationed on Polzeath beach from Easter until the end of September. It is more of a surfing beach so not ideal for swimming, the lifeguard patrol will place marker flags to indicate suitable areas to enter the water for bathing.
Surfing at Polzeath
Polzeath beach is a good surfing beach facing west it gets the full force of Atlantic swells. The beach slopes gently so the depth of water is fairly shallow making it good for beginners as well as more experienced surfers. It is a popular holiday spot though so can get pretty crowded during the summer.
Polzeath beach is dog friendly out of season. There is a ban on dogs on the beach in place between Easter and the end of September.