Polzeath beach

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Season: autumn

Bright sunshine combined with a low tide to showcase a picture perfect beach at Polzeath.  There is a great view of the beach from the higher ground at New Polzeath, with a backdrop of Greenaway, the Doom Bar, the Camel Estuary and Stepper Point.  This iconic beach pulls visitors back every year, or more often, as Bruce and Pauline testify, below:

Autumn visit photo gallery


Bruce and Pauline explain the permanent reference point that Polzeath beach provides for them.



A view of the beach at low tide, this time from New Polzeath.

Season: summer

The car parks and beach were crowded by 9.30 a.m.on this holiday weekend.  Warm sunshine lit my way down to the water’s edge.  Although it’s an enormously popular beach, at low tide there are always nooks and crannies, that enable you to hide away from the crowds.  Children played in the rock pools, watched over by parents in deck chairs.  The surf was clean and many people were already in among the waves.  Holiday time had arrived in North Cornwall.

Summer visit photo gallery


With Nichola at the top of Polzeath beach.


Vicks and Louise explain what the beach means to them.

Season: winter

I dropped onto the beach below Greenaway on this occasion, at the Polzeath end of a beautiful walk to Daymer Bay.  It was Christmas time and a bright, low sun lit the way, with an electric blue sky above.  Locals and visitors scoured the beach for pebbles and shells, while I chatted to a couple sheltering behind a rock.  Their children played nearby in an idyllic setting.  Highly recommended.

Winter season photo gallery


Llyr and Sarah relax on the beach.


The beach below Greenaway, by Polzeath.

Season: winter

Polzeath looked magnificent on an ebb tide.  This beach is a popular Cornish tourist destination, claiming the best surf in the county.  Although it was a weekend visit, the village and beach were quite quiet and the offshore breeze was chilly.  The village has bars, restaurants, shops, a church and cafes, all next to the beach, as well as ample parking.

Winter visit photo


Two young beachgoers blowing in the wind, each with their own interpretation of the beach.

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