© Andrew Jones
Beach with Cafe
This beautifully sheltered beach in a tiny hamlet, about 2 miles away from Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall, is fabulous for families and watersport enthusiasts.
Polkerris Beach, with its soft sand, is something of a hidden gem, tucked away in a secret sandy cove, perfect for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), sailing, windsurfing and kayaking, so there is always a range of activities for you to enjoy.
Unusually, it is a private beach in a gorgeous location, set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With its gentle low cliffs (in contrast to the north coast) it is near National Trust-owned Gribbin Head for coastal walks offering amazing scenery. Also, handy for the headland of the Menabilly Valley with its breathtaking views to the Fowey estuary. Daphne du Maurier lived here, drawing inspiration from the locality for much of her writing.
Polkerris is a beachside location village with a pub, the Rashleigh, a café and watersports, which has been used for filming TV adaptations of Rosamunde Pilcher books. It is almost like visiting a small self-contained resort. It is worth noting however, that there are no lifeguards at Polkerris Beach and a seasonal dog ban is in operation.
There is something for everyone here, from toddlers who love building sandcastles, to teenagers who enjoy being on the water (equipment rental is available). Quiet, due to no through traffic, you have a perfect Cornish beach scene specially created for holidays. Car parking is only a short walk away, too.
End the day with a glorious sunset, after rockpooling, sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the eateries right on the beach.