Polruan Back Beach

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    Back beach in Polruan is located on the other side of the quayside from Quay beach and is probably the better of the two. Being set in the heart of the village there are no shortage of facilities to hand and it is a pleasant little family beach. There's shops, a pub or two and toilets all nearby, along with great views across the river to Fowey and all the boating activity.

    Back beach is largely sand towards the high tide mark but there are patches of shingle as you head down the beach. Gently shelving into a fairly sheltered section of the River Fowey means that the beach is generally safe for swimming. However, there are no lifeguards and care must be taken to avoid boats as this is an active stretch of water.

    If you do fancy a dip, it is best towards high tide although leave it too late and the beach here all but disappears.

    Getting to Polruan's beaches is complicated by the fact there is virtually no parking in the village and the narrow streets. To get to the beach either involves a considerable walk down the very steep hill from the car park at St Saviours or a ferry ride across the river from Fowey.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service

    No lifeguard cover

    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs are not allowed on the beach at anytime of year

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    PL23 1PR

    OS grid ref.

    SX 1254 5102


    Toilets can be found on the quay and all other amenities in the village.