Polzeath is a small village on the headland opposite Padstow and is a haven for surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. Dolphins have been spotted in the bay along with many types of coastal bird including puffins.

Polzeath, is split into two parts – the old and the new, both overlooking a magnificent stretch of golden sand between Pentire Head to the north and Highcliff to the west. The beach more or less disappears at high tide and the car park may disappear too in very stormy conditions.


The remains of an Iron Age fort can still be seen on the headland known as "The Rumps" on the coast path from Polzeath to Port Quin. The three defensive ditches and the remains of circular huts dating back about 2000 years are still visible.

From the Victorian age until the present day Polzeath has always been one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in Cornwall, if not the UK as a whole. Polzeath was also a favourite haunt of the poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman, and is celebrated in some of his verse.