Porth Joke

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Porth Joke

Porth Joke


Porth Joke, known locally as Polly Joke, is a lovely sandy beach at the end of a quiet valley

In Cornish Porth Joke means bay with a creek - porth - bay and gwic - creek or bay with herbs - porth - bay and lojowek - herbs.

There is a car park a short walk from the beach - about 5 to 10 minutes.

Porth Joke beach is dog friendly with dogs allowed on the beach all year round.

There are no facilities at the beach.

The car park is accessed by a minor road across Cubert Common.
Join the National Trust to enjoy free parking here and free entry to National Trust properties all over Cornwall

You can also walk around the coast to Porth Joke from Holywell Bay across Kelsey Head or from the other direction from Crantock around West Pentire.


Poem by Tim Kitchen - Nottingham, inspired by many happy holidays in Crantock.

"We holiday in Crantock every year and always look forward to going there again. It’s a very special place".

Polly Joke Beach

If you were to ask me the place I like the most
it would be Polly Joke Beach on the Cornish coast.
Where walking down to the beach on the path so steep
red poppies and corn marigolds dance at your feet.
Then as you reach the gate at the bottom of the field
a wonderful view of the rocky coastline is revealed.


The sound of corn buntings can be heard all around
and buzzards searching for prey hover above the ground.
While high on the rocks oyster catchers survey the scene
and on the beach you can see where sandworms have been.
Children fish in the rock pools left by the ebbing tide
and run around in the caves, where they love to hide.


Climbing up from the beach after an hour or two
there’s a bench to rest on and take in the view.
Over Cubert Common and back down to the sea
on a summer’s day, it’s where I like to be.
And in the evening, from the place where I stay
you might even catch the sun setting over the bay.


Porth Joke Surf Report

Surfing conditions at Porth Joke beach including wave height, swell direction, wind direction and speed, tides times, sea temperature and weather conditions.





Porth Joke Tide Times



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