The beach at Polzeath in North Cornwall

The name Polzeath comes from the Cornish words for "dry" and for "pool/harbour", perhaps because there is a beach at all stages of the tide. Down the left side of the beach, there are some good rockpools at low tide. The rest of the beach is very flat and sandy, which can make for some long rides (and paddles!) if you are surfing. This also means that in the shallows, the waves are small which makes it safer for small children to paddle or surf than some of the steeper beaches further north. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and there is usually a separately flagged malibu area to avoid surfers mowing down swimmers.

The tide goes out and comes in a long way so bear that in mind to avoid floating picnics. In the event of such a catastrophe or for those more inclined, there are a number of cafés around the beach and even a grocery shop. There is often an ice cream van on the beach in the summer, so parents may want to be armed with change to avoid diplomatic incidents.

There is some great walking on Pentire Point with great views over The Rumps. The visitor centre in Tintagel has a leaflet (costing 60p) for a 5 mile circular walk from Polzeath out to Pentire Point which has lots of information about the history of the area.

Weather forecast for Polzeath

Current surf conditions at Polzeath

Directions to Polzeath from Tintagel

Take the B3314 through Delabole and past the turnings to Port Isaac and Trelights. Take the right turn signposted to Polzeath. Further along this road forks. Take the LEFT fork to Polzeath not the right fork to "New Polzeath" or "Pentireglaze" (which are on Pentire Point).

Walks to Polzeath

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