Polzeath may be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in adventures! Perched on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall, there’s an abundance of activities, things to do, and places to see right on our doorstep.
From perfect surf and breathtaking coastal seascapes to boat trips and family attractions, here’s a list of the highlights to check off during your visit.
This beautiful patch of the north coast is blessed with enviable sights. Its large, golden beach is just a short walk away and represents a popular spot for family days out and getting active in the water. Surfers flock to Polzeath Beach for its impressive Atlantic waves. We’re also sat right on the South West Coast Path, perfectly placed for exploring the edge of the rugged coastline in either direction.
The resort and surrounding area is something of a foodie haven, so you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes to indulge in after your day outdoors.
Learn to surf
A trip to Polzeath isn’t complete without trying a spot of surfing. We’re renowned for it, with the beach having welcomed many a celebrity and even a former prime minister to its waters over the years.
The village itself is home to surf schools and equipment hire, so pros and beginners alike can get kitted out safely and make the most of the conditions.
You can catch your own dinner on a fishing trip from Padstow or Rock. There is a selection of trip types, from two-hour beginner ventures to full-day sessions for more experienced anglers. Evening trips operate during the summer season, so you can still squeeze in some fishing after a day spent on the beach.
Hop aboard for a scenic ride in the bay, where mackerel, pollock, cod, gurnard, ling, and bass can be caught. Fishing equipment is supplied and you get to keep what you catch, so long as it’s within legal limits!
Walking and Cycling
The Camel Trail is just a few miles away. Navigating a glorious rural stretch that runs along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge, and Padstow, the trail is renowned among cyclists and walkers.
You’ll find soaring beech trees and carpets of wildflowers in spring. Trekking from Wadebridge to Padstow will bring sweeping estuary views, while the lesser-known section from Dunmere to Wenfordbridge has its own hidden gems.
Dogs are welcome, but the path is shared with cyclists and horses, so make sure you keep Rover close.
The nearby towns of Rock and Padstow nestle along the Camel Estuary’s stunning sailing waters.
There’s plenty to take in both on land and out on the water. The sheltered nature of the estuary means that you’re sure to discover hidden bays and beaches, with ample opportunity to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe along the way. These serene sapphire and turquoise waters will make it hard to believe you’re still in Cornwall.
Polzeath is just a few minutes from two of the finest links golf courses in the South West. St Enodoc Golf Club is known for its challenging and varied course design that plays out before some truly stunning sea views.
Players of all handicaps can try their hand high on the sand dunes, where the elements charge the senses. The Church Course is a celebrated James Braid design that has hosted national competitions.
St Enodoc Church
Discover this historic church that occupies a glorious vantage point overlooking the estuary. St Enodoc Church was at one time half-consumed by the surrounding sand dunes, which still stand tall beside its steeple to this day.
This charming landmark is well worth a visit, where you’ll learn about its fascinating story and of course have the opportunity to appreciate the vista.