LAST MINUTE SHORT BREAKS TOP 5 WALKS Polzeath (Cornish: Polsegh, meaning dry creek) is a small seaside village on the eastern bank of the mouth of the River Camel. Polzeath is predominantly split into two parts – the old and the new, both overlooking a gorgeous stretch of golden sand between Pentire Head (Cornish: Penn Tir, meaning “headland”) to the north and Highcliff to the south west, with views out to Newlands Island, Stepper Point and Gulland Island further west. These views around the bay were a favourite for the late poet laureate Sir John Betjeman. The tranquillity of the area is regarded by many as inspiration for his poetry and is often referenced in his work. The beach itself, often referred to as Hayle Bay (Cornish: Heyl, meaning estuary) is a delightful, gently shelving sandy beach, which is also one of Cornwall’s most renowned surfing destinations. Its westerly position lends itself to producing some fantastic surf and water conditions for all recreational water users to enjoy. Whether its surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, coasteering or kayaking, Polzeath has something for everyone. The beach is home to a number of waters ports activity providers for those wanting the learn the ropes. There are RNLI lifeguards on the beach during the daytime in the summer season so families can enjoy the water knowing they are in a safe environment. Those looking for calmer waters should look no further than Daymer Bay. Its position within the estuary set under Brea Hill makes for a more secluded experience where bathers can enjoy the crystal-clear waters in the summer time that rival those of the Mediterranean. There is also a nature reserve and a huge abundance of rock pools towards Daymer Bay and Greenaway Beach, where adults and children alike can hunt for crabs, starfish and sea anemone. Dolphins may sometimes be spotted and a great area for many types of coastal bird including puffins. For those not wanting to get their feet wet the renowned South West Coast Path passes through the bay and walkers and outdoor enthusiasts can take a number of stunning footpaths around Pentire Head and the Rumps to the north of the bay with magnificent views across the entire coastline of North Cornwall and down the estuary towards Padstow. The coastal footpath between Polzeath and Daymer Bay to the south is suitable for wheelchair users, offering an opportunity for all to appreciate the stunning scenery of the estuary. The famous seaside town of Padstow and its beaches on the other side of the estuary makes for a good day trip. Those wishing to explore can catch the ferry that departs from the slipway at Rock which is just a 5 minute drive from The Point. The Point at Polzeath is a perfect base to explore all that Polzeath and the surrounding area has to offer. Just a short walk over the golf course there really is potential for surf and turf all in one day. Why not pop into The Bear Bar for an aprés sea drink after a hard day of exploring? The Point is also home to the annual Polzeath Beer and Music festival held on the final weekend of July each year. The event sees a host of local musicians, BBQs, hog roasts and a sizable contingent of local ales from St Austell Brewery all being enjoyed within the grounds of the clubhouse with views towards the bay.