Looking across the river towards Fowey sits Polruan Beach a small, dog-free, sandy beach next to the quay in this tiny picturesque fishing village. Bear in mind it is tidal, so it is only uncovered at low tide.
Sand and shingle, it is gently shelving, making it relatively safe for swimming in the river Fowey, but there are no lifeguards and you need to be aware of boats in this busy stretch of water. A lovely beach to watch those boats from, however …
As it is in the heart of the friendly village, which is surrounded by water on three sides, facilities are handy, such as pubs, shops and toilets. Parking is difficult in the village due to traditional narrow streets, so why not approach it via the Bodinnick ferry from Fowey? Otherwise, you probably need to park at St Saviour’s car park, which is a steep walk down and back up the hill. Parking on the quay is limited and the narrow streets are not recommended for car use in the summer.
You might prefer to try Polruan Back Beach on the other side of the quay, with similar characteristics to Quay Beach. Both beaches face west, and you have the option of boat trips from the quay.
If you are a walker, try out the famous Hall Walk. This is spectacularly beautiful and also takes in two ferry crossings so you will see the beaches from the water.