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Polzeath (Hayle Bay) Beach

Wadebridge, Cornwall

This is a sand and shingle beach with some rocks. It is situated at the mouth of a river and is backed by interesting cliffs. The beach has rock pools and includes a voluntary marine nature reserve.

Beach Type

Sand & Shingle


Toilets including facilities for disabled
Camp site
Caravan park


This is an excellent beach for surfing

Nature and Wildlife

There are walks within the unspoilt countryside and also south along the South West Coast Path to Port Isaac. There is a nature reserve and interesting rock pools at the beach. Dolphins may also be seen and it is a good area for many species of coastal bi

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily by the Council during the summer. There are litter bins on the beach.


Dogs are banned from Easter to September.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

POLZEATH TIC - Coronation Gardens. Polzeath. Cornwall. PL27 6TA. Ph. [01208] 862488


Nearest town: Wadebridge
County: Cornwall
Latitude/Longitude: 50.5754, -4.91544
Postcode: PL27 6UE
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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From the M5 take the A30. Turn right onto the A395 past Launceston. then take the A39 and turn off onto the B3314 which is the Polzeath Road.

Public Transport

Bus route 584


There is parking available at the beach for 150 cars. including spaces for disabled people. There is a charge for using the car park.

Nearby Car Parks

Polzeath Beach, Polzeath (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
New Polzeath, New Polzeath (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Tristram, Polzeath (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Leadmines, Pentireglaze (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Trebetherick, Trebetherick (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Lundy Bay, Pentireglaze (Unknown stay).
About 1 miles away
Rock Quarry, Rock (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Menefreda Way, St Minver (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Port Quinn, Trelights (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
South Quay, Padstow (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Wadebridge