The beach at Polzeath.
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Polzeath is a small village on the north coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is a favoured location for surfing, with waves rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean. There are lifeguards on the beach during the daytime in the season. Dolphins may sometimes be spotted and the surrounding coastline is a particularly good area for seeing many types of coastal birds including puffins and Peregrine falcons.
The main beach is totally covered on a spring high tide, indeed the car park has known to be covered by water but this only happens on a spring high tide with an extremely large tidal surge.
There are many local shops, providing everything required for the holidaymaker. Within the village are a number of pubs, cafés and restaurants. There is also a large camping site that caters for families.
On September 2, 2007, 300 surfers arrived at Polzeath beach, Cornwall to set a new world record for the highest number of surfers riding the same wave, as part of the Global Surf Challenge and part of a project called Earthwave to raise awareness about global warming). The official world record stands at 44, set by Lahinch surf school in Ireland (unofficially the highest figure is 73, held by the Kahuna Surfing Academy in South Africa).
At the beginning of the 20th Century the road through Polzeath crossed the back of the beach, negotiating the stream by means of a long ford. A footbridge, which was sometimes washed away by stormy winter tides, was provided for pedestrians. In 1934 the existing road bridge was built linking the road on either side of the beach, at the same time restricting the stream and allowing car parking on the sand at the back of the beach.
Following the track along the stream from the back of Polzeath beach you come to Shilla Mill. Built around 1590 it ceased working as a mill in 1885 and was converted into a house.
The authoress Joolz Denby lived in a caravan in Polzeath for a year while researching her novel Borrowed Light (ISBN 1-85242-905-4), published in England by Serpent's Tail in February 2006. The novel is largely set in Polzeath, though the town's name is changed to Polwenna to allow some artistic licence with locations and buildings.
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Jul 19, 2007; Byline: Christian Gysin A PUBLIC schoolboy was found dead at the foot of cliffs just hours aftercelebrating his 17th birthday...
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Jul 19, 2007; Byline: Christian Gysin, Duncan Robertson, Luke Salkeld A PUBLIC schoolboy was found dead at the foot of cliffs just hours...
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