Porth Joke Beach

  • Polly Joke beach
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  • Porth Joke
  • Porth Joke beach
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    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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    TR8 5SE

    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 (11)

    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!

    Josie Dawes

    Aug 02nd 2021

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

    Oct 11th 2020

    Beautiful beach and scenery, dog friendly.

    Amazing beach had best time


    Jul 25th 2023

    Amazing beach had the best time playing in sea a few dogs on the beach but about 5 all happily playing in sea we had a lovely day poppy field was beautiful too


    Julia Townsend-Rose

    Aug 01st 2022

    It is a lovely beach, but quite a hike down and then up again.  Quite steep in parts, worth bearing in mind if there are mobility issues.  The beach is beautiful, the sea goes out a long way.

    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!!


    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

    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 .

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