Polzeath - a surfers paradise, facing the Atlantic in North Cornwall.
Polzeath surfing. Polzeath, in the shelter of Padstow Bay, beyond the wide mouth of the River Camel. Facing Pentire Point to the north and taking the full force of the Atlantic swells as the waves come in from the west. Popular with surfers off all ages and abilities-though generally ideally suited for beginners and intermediates. Take lessons with one of the surf schools- from one hour taster sessions to a weekend long series of lessons for the really keen amongst you. Note the long boarders in these photos are clearly very experienced. Surf hire-from surf boards to body boards to wetsuits to branded clothing and accessories- lots to choose from.
Polzeath Beach- at low water over half a kilometre of fine sandy beach, backed by grass top low cliffs, cliffs that gradually get higher as one walks towards towards Pentireglass Haven. In spring the swathes of pink thrift delight the eye with the waves crashing onto the rocks below. Not surprisingly the beach is very popular with families as well as surfers making it sometimes very busy in peak season. The beach offers disabled access and there is limited on the beach parking. Though life guarded in season- as on any Cornwall Beach beware of incoming tides, rips currents and undertows, and know your own limits. Safety on the Beach.
Around and about
South and around the corner is the very sheltered Daymer Bay- also a popular family beach. behind the dunes is beautiful St Enodoc Church- burial place of Sir John Betjeman . Follow the Camel Estuary to Rock Cornwall unkindly dubbed Chelsea on Sea because of its property prices and the large number of second homes.
North Cornwall Coast
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Explore the South West Coast Path north around Pentire Point towards Port Isaac, Tintagel and Boscastle. The Cornish Coast becomes rugged with some of the best walking in Cornwall. Fishing villages such as Port Isaac with its harbour, narrow streets, pastel coloured slate hung houses, cobbled alleys, fish cellars, harbourside pub, gift shops, aquarium and naturally a fishmongers and fish restaurant. A delight to explore.
For the rock fishing enthusiast there are numerous marks, providing good sport for many species from mackerel to pollack to the hard fighting wrasse. But great care must be taken in climbing down to them.
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