Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Weekend in Polzeath, Sun, Sea and Storms

Several months ago surf shop Anns Cottage held a competition to win a weekends stay in Polzeath, even though Polzeath is just over 18 miles away from where I live I had to enter, I love Polzeath and very rarely go there. 
A month later a notification popped up on Facebook that I had been chosen as the winner and I was over the moon. The weekend break was planned and it just happened to be the weekend of celebrating six wonderful years with my partner James. 
Polzeath Cornwall
We arrived in Polzeath on Friday morning and enjoyed the sunshine whilst it lasted as the weather forecast for the following day was awful.
Polzeath beach Cornwall

Daymer Bay Cornwall
I've lived in Cornwall for 8 years now and it's very rare that I actually do 'touristy' activities, it's easy to get into the daily grind of work and keeping a home and although I do go to the beach on a regular basis it's normally for a quick surf after work and then straight home. With no agenda and no plans we got ourselves some ice cream and headed for a walk on the coast path. 
Ice creams at Polzeath
As we reached Daymer bay and headed around the estuary we started to notice damage still visible from the storms. I witnessed the storms first hand in Cornwall and photographed many locations from Perranporth, Portreath and my favourite Watergate Bay but hadn't ventured anywhere else so it was quite shocking to see the damage to dunes and coast paths as far up the estuary as Daymer. However thoughts of the storms where a distant memory as we enjoyed some amazing springtime sunshine.
Storm Damage Daymer Bay

Boat trip to Padstow from Rock
Once we reached Rock we had a little boat trip on the ferry to Padstow for a spot of lunch before walking back to Polzeath to check into our holiday cottage for the weekend. 
Ferry from Rock to Padstow
Our home for the weekend was right on the main road about 3 houses up from the beach and with views across the sand from the front of the cottage and views across the sea and to the point from the back of the house I couldn't keep myself away from the window thinking how amazing it would be to live with the ocean so close. A massive thank you goes out to Tristram Campsite and their holiday cottage YoHo where we stayed. It was a beautifully restored cottage, right in the centre of Polzeath with loads of quirky beach art work on the walls and the perfect place to celebrate being together for six years.
Holiday Cottage Polzeath
As Friday evening arrived so did the wind and rain and after a lovely meal out we got truly soaked through to the skin by gale force sideways wind and rain. We headed back to the cottage and listened to the wind, rain and waves howling outside. The following morning the waves were storming into the beach and the rain horrendous at points. We had a lovely day despite the rain with a nice walk around Wadebridge darting between shops and avoiding the rain, and several hours spent in the coffee shop chatting the day away. 
Stormy Seas at Polzeath
When we headed back to Polzeath there were a few brave surfers having lessons in the swirling white water and one little car left a little bit too close to the incoming tide. 
Car in the sea at high tide Polzeath
We had a brilliant weekend and really relaxed and enjoyed the local area and it made such a change to stop and enjoy another little pocket of Cornwall. 

A massive thank you to both Anns Cottage and YoHo cottage for a wonderful prize.