Photos of Porth Joke
and its surroundings

Blackthorn on a Sunny Spring Day
Seasonal Nature Cornwall: Blackthorn on a Sunny Spring Day

A sea of snow white blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) blossom along the footpath to Porth Joke (Polly Joke)

Corn Marigolds
Flowers: Corn Marigolds

Fields of Corn Marigolds - Glebionis segetum - at West Pentire, Crantock, near Newquay. From late June and for most of July the fields of West Pentire are full of traditional corn field wild flowers. You can walk around the coast path at West Pentire or follow public footpaths towards Polly Joke taking you past these colourful fields.

Dark Green Fritillary
Butterflies and Moths: Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) on Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) at West Pentire near Crantock

Dog Friendly Porth Joke Beach
Dog friendly Cornwall: Dog Friendly Porth Joke Beach
Kelsey Head at Porth Joke
Cornwall Coastal Views: Kelsey Head at Porth Joke

A fantastic viewpoint over Porth Joke beach on the North Coast of Cornwall. The coast path crosses Kelsey Head and you can walk down the coast to Holywell Bay or up to West Pentire and Crantock Beach.

Marc's dog enjoying Porth Joke Beach
Dog friendly Cornwall: Marc's dog enjoying Porth Joke Beach
Poppy field at West Pentire
Cornwall Flora: Poppy field at West Pentire

The National Trust manages West Pentire as a nature reserve for animals and flowers. During June and July the headland comes alive with the vibrant colour of
thousands of poppies. You can enjoy a circular walk taking in the stunning poppy fields and the beautiful Porth Joke beach by following the link below.

Poppy Fields on West Pentire, near Crantock
Cornwall Coastal Views: Poppy Fields on West Pentire, near Crantock

The wildflower meadows on West Pentire provide an amazing display of colourful, summer flowers. Traditionally, corn fields would have contained wildflowers such as poppies and corn marigolds but nowadays it is rare to see such a beautiful natural display. West Pentire and the surrounding coastline (Crantock, Porth Joke and Holywell Bay) is managed by the National Trust.

Porth Joke
Porth Joke Beach
Beaches around Cornwall: Porth Joke Beach

The lovely Porth Joke Beach, known locally as Polly Joke. At low tide the beach stretches away uncovering tiny coves and inlets. The stream crossing the beach is ideal for dogs. This beach is dog friendly all year round.

Porth Joke Beach
Cornwall Coastal Views: Porth Joke Beach

Walking along the headland around to West Pentire you see lovely views of the beach with its sandy coves. Dogs and their owners can enjoy the beach all year round.

Porth Joke in January
Beaches around Cornwall: Porth Joke in January

Porth Joke beach is a favourite for dogs and their people. This long, sheltered beach is popular all year round, even on a cold January day.

In winter the stream is fuller and winds its way across the beach, changing its course at every tide.

There's plenty of room for your dogs to run about, splash in the stream, play ball and swim in the sea.

Porth Joke is dog friendly all year round.

It is managed by the National Trust. If livestock are grazing on the headlands either side of the beach, please ensure that your dogs are kept under close control so they cannot chase or harm the livestock.

Porth Joke near Crantock, Newquay
Beaches around Cornwall: Porth Joke near Crantock, Newquay

Known locally as Polly Joke, this is a wonderful beach. Porth Joke can be accessed by walking from West Pentire, Holywell Bay via Kelsey Head or a valley walk from the NT car park adjacent to Cubert Common. Polly Joke is dog friendly all year round. It's perfect for dogs as it also has a freshwater stream flowing across the beach.

Porth Joke on a Sunny Day in September
Cornwall Coastal Views: Porth Joke on a Sunny Day in September

A short walk from West Pentire or from the National Trust car park on Cubert Common, Porth Joke is one of our favourite beaches and as it's dog friendly all year round, you and your four legged friends can enjoy it at any time of the year.

This image is taken walking down from the car park below the Bowgie Inn at West Pentire.

Porth Joke Valley
Cornwall Coastal Views: Porth Joke Valley

Approaching Porth Joke Beach from Cubert Common. The walk from the National Trust car park takes you through the valley, beside the stream which flows onto the beach. Trees line the path with Blackthorn and Hawthorn blossom, Tamarisk and Yellow Flag beside the stream.

Wild Flowers on West Pentire
Cornwall Coastal Views: Wild Flowers on West Pentire

Poppies, Corn Marigolds and other traditional corn field wildflowers create a riot of colour across the fields of West Pentire during the Summer. Take a summertime walk from West Pentire towards Porth Joke to enjoy this wonderful display.

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