We headed over to Polly Joke for a jaunt on the beach yesterday. Located on the north coast between Perranporth and Newquay it couldn’t be farther away in spirit from all the tourist trappings of it’s neighbours, and it’s one of our favourite places to visit close to home.
We parked up at the top of Cubert Common, in the National Trust car park, just by the ancient bowl burial, from the top of which you can see Castle-an-Dinas in the east, Carland Cross in the south and St. Agnes beacon in the west.
The common is starkly beautiful, with a rolling landscape that falls away into a valley that runs down to the beach. There’s a second car park at the bottom of the common after which a sandy lane runs side by side with a stream studded with irises and willow trees that are just starting to show signs of life. And as the valley opens up the stream runs straight onto the beach, which at high tide is hugged by cliffs and on low tide opens up to a large sweep of sand.
There’s no life guards, cafes or toilets and because of this it’s pretty quiet and dog friendly all year. Although there is sometimes livestock on the beach, so be aware and make sure you bring a lead with you just in case.