Polruan Quay Beach

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    As the name suggests, Polruan Quay beach is located next to the village's quay. This puts it right at the centre of activities for this picturesque riverside village opposite Fowey.

    The beach here is mostly sand towards the high tide mark but becomes increasingly shingle as you head down the beach. Gently shelving into a fairly sheltered section of the River Fowey means that Quay beach is generally safe for swimming. However, there are no lifeguards and care must be taken to avoid boats as this is a very 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.

    Being set in the heart of the village there are no shortage of facilities to hand. There's shops, a pub or two and toilets all nearby.

    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 1260 5103


    A slipway is available for boats. Toilets can be found on the quay and all other amenities in the village.