Polzeath Beach (Hayle Bay)

Polzeath is a small seaside resort on the north coast of Cornwall, with a sandy beach that’s mostly covered at high tide. Six miles north of Wadebridge, Polzeath beach is popular with both surfers and holidaymakers and can get crowded in summer.

Plenty of pubs, shops, cafes and restaurants in the village.

Also known as:

Hayle Bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from Easter to September.

Cornwall dog friendly beaches »


  • Surfing


  • Shop

Nearest town



PL27 6UE

OS grid ref.

SW 9367 7913


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

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Polzeath Beach Reviews

Dog poo and wee everywhere

Jul 27th 2021

Since the Change in rules to allow dogs on the beach in the summer it is not advisable for families to use the beach before 10am as a large number of dog walkers use the beach for their dogs morning constitutional. This is very off-putting if you are sat on the beach with your family and dogs all around you.

Jun 16th 2021

Now that dogs are allowed on the beach all year round (with the pre 10am and post 6pm timelines not always observed) there needs to be signage at all of the access points to the beach to remind owners to pick up, bag and dispose of their dog’s mess appropriately. There also need to be dedicated dog waste bins installed at these access points. Kicking some sand over dog mess or hoping that the sea will wash it away are not responsible actions, and threaten the Blue Flag status of the beach. Apart from that I would award it five stars, as in the previous twenty years of holidaying there.

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