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Polzeath and New Polzeath

Polzeath and New Polzeath

Polzeath and its sister town of New Polzeath are well known for their fantastic location, beaches of golden sand, surfing and quiet secluded coves.

Situated on the estuary of the River Camel on Hayle Bay, opposite Padstow, Polzeath was a favourite haunt of the former Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, who is buried at nearby St Enodoc. The Poet Laureate wrote about Polzeath in some of his poetry.

Polzeath has attracted the attention of other famous literary figures - authors and novelists including Enid Blyton whose Famous Five spent their holidays here; Polzeath was the inspiration for Polwenna, the town created by Joolz Denby, who lived here for a year during her research for the novel Borrowed Light.

A short film, inspired by Posy Simmonds, Tresoddit cartoon, was made in 1991 at Polzeath by the BBC.

Polzeath has a Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.

The area is excellent for walks, either along the Camel estuary towards Daymer Bay and Rock which is a fairly easy flat walk or cliff walks onto Pentire Head (262 feet 80 metres) and northwards towards Port Isaac.

The area is of geological and mineralogical interest. Pillow lavas and evidence of other ancient volcanic activity can be observed and some examples of mineral specimens found here are on display in the Royal Cornwall Museum.

There are excellent views from Pentire Head of the Camel Estuary, Stepper Point and passing boats, Hayle Bay, the rocky islet of Newland off Pentire Point, The Rumps and their Iron Age cliff castle, the Mouls rocks and in the distance, Tintagel with its famed castle.

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There are several cash machines in shops around Polzeath. These are only open during shop opening hours and there is a small charge to use them.

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Polzeath is located on the North Cornwall coas. Newquay - Padstow Area Map

Polzeath is approximately 7 miles from Wadebridge and 14 miles from Bodmin. It can be reached from Padstow by passenger ferry to Rock or a drive via Wadebridge.

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