Porth Joke Beach

Situated in a deep cove between headlands, with Crantock beach to the north and Hollywell Bay to the south Porth Joke is often overlooked. Known locally as Polly Joke this unspoilt sandy beach can be an oasis of calm throughout the year despite being 5 miles from Newquay.

The narrow beach here is deeper than it is wide and backs onto a shallow valley with a stream running down. At low tide there is enough sand here on even the busiest day, there are also rock pools and caves for explorers of all ages.

Access to Porth Joke is fairly limited with the small car park being a fair walk away. Then again this is probably a price worth paying for the relative peace and quiet.

The name Polly Joke is thought to be derived from the Corhish Pol-Lejouack meaning Jackdaw cove

Also known as:

Polly Joke

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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OS grid ref.

SW 7731 6043


There is a small National Trust car park about 15 minutes walk away at West Pentire.

Porth Joke Beach Reviews

Fabulous place to visit

Graham Rendell
Jun 07th 2022

The cove is a fabulous place to visit and even better if you want to relive your childhood playing in the surf, an added bonus are the fields on the way down.
They are a riot of colour from the wild flowers, and accompanied by the songs of Skylarks…

Love this beach especially with the Bluetits

Jeff House
Dec 05th 2021

First time attending this beach and was not disappointed. Lovely walk to the beach along a well worn path. Then beach appears before you and then surprise when there was no one here apart from the other cold water swimmers. Had a great time here made better by the company!!

Sep 12th 2021

Don’t be scared by people warning about snakes.  Adders are on all the dunes along the coast, not just on this beach and you are highly unlikely to see one as they will go away when they hear you coming.  I hate snakes but it is stupid to frighten people unnecessarily!

Dogs Dogs Dogs

Sep 11th 2021

I counted 74 dogs on Polly Joke last week , it’s crackers all uncontrollable.
Poo bags hung in trees and left on the path , come on owners. Not every one has a dog .

Josie Dawes
Aug 02nd 2021

Love this beach. Come here every year with my family. It’s always a laugh :)


Angela MacDonald
May 26th 2021

lovely beach but please dont let your children or dogs play in the sand dunes.  just keep your eyes open people.

May 25th 2021

Cows sun bathe on the beach


Mar 01st 2021

one of my favorite beaches, please be aware the dunes are a breeding ground for adders so watch kids and dogs

Oct 11th 2020

Beautiful beach and scenery, dog friendly.