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The village of Polzeath is just north of Padstow and Wadebridge, on the north-west coast of Cornwall.
The main attraction at Polzeath is its highly regarded beach - a wide, broad sandy beach that attracts a large number of sun-lovers, swimmers and windsurfers - it is generally considered to be one of the best windsurfing beaches in Cornwall. Being on a small inlet, the beach itself is partly protected from the wind, which in part explains its popularity.
At low tide a small cove next to Polzeath beach, called Pentire Glaze Haven, joins up with the main beach. It also gives access to a walk up to Pentire Point and beyond.
The village of Polzeath itself is immediately behind the beach, and on the adjacent low-lying hill, and has a decent selection of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops largely geared towards visitors and those staying in one of the campsites nearby. The campsites have undoubtedly appeared since Sir John Betjeman considered Polzeath one if his favourite places, but the beach and headline remain, of course, the same.
There are lovely views from Pentire Head, the rocky outcrop that projects into the sea just north of Polzeath, while more enthusiastic hikers will want to follow the coast path (either direction) for more stunning coastal views.
Map of Polzeath and places to visit
Polzeath places to visit
See more places nearby in the Cornwall guide