Daymer Bay is situated at the estuary mouth of the Camel River, opposite Padstow.  It is a 5min drive from Polzeth.  Daymer can provide a full range of conditions from flat water sailing at LW to fantastic down the line wave sailing, created when the north coast of Cornwall is hit by a big westerly swell which corresponds with a South to Westerly wind.  Often it is one of the few coastal locations a intermediate sailor can feasibly access the water in 4.0m conditions while the rest of the SW coast line is experiencing big swell.   It is a very popular spot with over 40 sailors out on a good day. 

Suitable Ability




Ideal wind direction

A Southerly, anything with West in it and a Northerly, it can be windsurfed in a NE or SE although it is very gusty and sheltered on the beach were you launch from.



Best conditions

South - South West or a North Westerly provide the cleanest wind directions.   Wind against tide in a NW creates good port jumping and backside riding conditions.  A S/SW wind with a swell will provide good wave riding at mid tide on the west side of the bay.



Best avoided

A easterly is really the only direction when you should not launch from Daymer Bay. A NE / SE wind direction should be treated with caution.


Local hazards

The estuary is very tidal and therefore the ebb tide should be respected for the fact that it can and will sweep you out to sea if you break your kit or the wind drops.  On the NE side of the Estuary is a rocky headland, which is a very unpleasant place to end up.  Doom Bar, is the sand bar which runs across the estuary entrance, it is positioned in the wind shadow created by the cliff's to the west.  Doom Bar can create very unforgiving powerful waves which will provide the expert sailor with a good ramp to launch a jump, though can also humble even the most experienced windsurfers on a big day.


Rigging area and launch access

You can either carry your kit down on to the beach and rig on the sand or you can rig on the grass in the Car Park area.  There is a small track to the south of the car park, which you can use to carry your rigged kit on to the beach.


Local amenities

The car park has toilets, which are open all year round, there is a café and shop which is open during the summer.  There are a couple of Pubs in either Polzeth or in near by Rock.  Polzeth has two family campsites and plenty of holiday cottages can be found to rent in the area.

Access and car parking

Aim for Wadebridge and  then follow signs for Polzeth / Rock.   Follow the signs to Rock and then look out for a right hand turn signposted Daymer.   The final road, which leads to the Beach Carpark is single track with passing places.   The car park at Daymer is now year round pay and display £1.20 an hour or £5.40 for the day.  It does not allow overnight stays, with the gate being close after sunset.