Polkerris beach is an almost hidden west facing beach of light grey sand overlooking St. Austell Bay. Polkerris is quite sheltered and is suitable for picnics and allows safe bathing on a rising tide.
Polkerris is a former fishing port for pilchards but nowadays concentrates on tourism. A large car park is situated about 250 metres above the beach on the right hand side as you descend the hill.
At high tide there is just a narrow strip of sand but this grows into a good sized beach as the tide recedes. The harbour wall on the south of the beach provides some shelter whilst the cliffs on the north also provide some protection from most weather conditions.
There is no rescue or safety equipment at Polkerris and no lifeguard cover. Although unsuitable for surfing, there are a number of watersports available including SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Surfing), sailing, sit-on kayaking and windsurfing at the RYA Recognised Training Centre which also provides tuition and equipment hire.
Snorkelling south of the harbour is good when the tide is high and the rocks offer great rock pooling at low water.
There is a Seasonal Dog Ban meaning that dogs are only permitted from October until Easter Day. Barbeques are also not permitted.
There is a pub/cafe/restaurant overlooking the beach so refreshments are very close at hand. Toilets are located above the slipway behind the beach.
There is a fine walk south along the South West Coast Path to the brightly coloured daymark at Gribbin Head and Polridmouth. Seasoned walkers may wish to continue east over Southground Cliffs to Coombe Haven, Readymoney Cove and the South Cornwall resort of Fowey.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✘ Seasonal dog ban
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: