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Cornwall, PL27 6UE, Lat/Long 50.6N, 4.9W

Surfing hotspot Polzeath is one of the most popular beaches in North Cornwall. With its sand and shingle beach backed by striking cliffs, bathers are also drawn to its clean waters. A good location for many types of coastal bird including puffins, there is a nature reserve and rock pools teaming with life.

Secluded coves and stunning views of the headland mean that this Blue Flag beach is a prime location for coastal walks. There is an abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants, along with a popular surf school.

Water quality

  • Benefits from the Trevone Clean Sweep scheme
  • Porthilly sewage treatment works offers secondary treatment with ultraviolet disinfection before discharge through an outfall. This discharge is designed to protect bathing water quality
  • There are two emergency/storm overflows affecting this bathing water. Overflows exist to protect homes, gardens, roads and open spaces from sewer flooding normally after storms
  • Bathing water quality in this area can be affected by urban drainage

Local activities and interests

  • Swimming, surfing and walks.
  • Polzeath Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • Surfers will find consistent slow, intermediate-friendly waves.
  • Parking at Polzeath Beach car park, Dunders Hill, Polzeath. Toilets, shops, food and litter bins.
  • For RNLI lifeguard season dates click here

Good Beach Guide: Polzeath 

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall

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