Running from Pentire Head to Highcliff, the vast sands of Polzeath beach are renowned as one of the best spots in Cornwall for catching good surf and riding the Atlantic waves. There's more to Polzeath than the beaches, though. This favourite haunt of the poet Sir John Betjeman is awash with good pubs, cosy cafés and independent shops and offers great outdoors opportunities, from hiking the coastal path to taking boat trips to spot dolphins off the coast. Polzeath is also a camping hotspot with heaps of great campsites to choose from.
There are lots of places to go camping and glamping in and around Polzeath. We’ve taken the tour, seen the sights and given the Hipcamp thumbs up to the best of them so if you’re looking for somewhere to camp near Polzeath, you’re in the right place. There’s no denying that Cornwall’s climate, coast and countryside put it at the top of the list as UK camping locations and Polzeath on the Atlantic-facing coast of the county is a great place to set up camp – especially if it’s good surf you’re after. Polzeath Beach is known for it and with a host of eateries overlooking the beach, a cluster of shops for campsite supplies and a location between Padstow and Port Isaac, it’s a great spot for camping or glamping in Cornwall. Whether you want to pitch a tent, park a camper, book in to a bell tent, camping pod or shepherd’s hut, the Hipcamp collection should have something to suit you.
It’s not all sun, sea, surf and sand in Polzeath but let’s face it; that’s probably what you’re heading to this part of Cornwall for. If you’re an experienced wave-rider you’ve hit the jackpot with some of the best waves in the west but beginners will be at home here too with some excellent schools to teach you the safe way to surf. There are usually smaller waves at the nearby Daymer Beach making it good for swimming and paddling. If it’s coastal scenery, waterside wildlife and rambling or ambling on cliffs, pick up the South West Coast Path for well signposted walks.
Polzeath is well located to give you access to other popular spots on the Cornish coast too. The higgeldy-piggeldy narrow streets of Port Isaac (recognisable to fans of TV’s Doc Martin) are a few miles to the north with Tintagel and its legendary castle a little further. South of Polzeath, across the Camel Estuary, is the fishing port and foodie hotspot, Padstow. If you want to work up an appetite for your Padstow fish and chips, it's a three-mile walk from Polzeath to Rock, just beyond Daymer Beach, from where you can catch a passenger ferry to Padstow. For more things to do in and around Polzeath, check out the Visit Cornwall website.
From Pentire Head to Polzeath's Highcliff, Polzeath beach is a go-to spot for surfers and an obvious draw for campers, too, looking to visit the seaside town as well the expansive beach. Find the best campsites in the area with Hipcamp's expert recommendations.