Polly Joke

This beach, also called Porth Joke can be reached from West Pentire. You can take the coast path sign posted to Polly Joke which leads you down through fields to the beach. As it is a little off the beaten track this beach is quieter than Newquay’s main beaches. Well worth a visit.

Ken Langmaid, a Newquay-born resident wrote;

Polly Joke, Newquay
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Polly Joke, Newquay

A sweet little beach, inaccessible to cars between West Pentire and Kelsey Head with a pleasant walkable valley up to Treago. The stream has sandy banks and several thickets of small trees. On the West Pentire side of the valley there are fields and an old mill, while on the opposite side the blown sand from Holywell forms acre upon acre of marram grass or sweet turf. The Kelseys as they are called used to be overrun with rabbits – you could watch swarms of them scampering down the hillside.

 

Unusual visitors to Polly Joke, Newquay
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Unusual visitors to Polly Joke, Newquay

The stream meanders across Polly Joke sands and occasionally cattle come wandering down to the beach. There are a few caves in the low cliffs, a rugged cave towards West Pentire which can be reached at low tide, a minute but marshy side valley on the south, and best of all the sunniest and most sheltered sandy corner imaginable at the top of the beach with a level of greenward at the entrance to the valley which makes a delightful picnic spot.

Polly Joke has nothing spectacular to it, merely the essential ingredients of Cornish charm – sea, sand, turf and peace.