Should you rather be far away from the madding crowd Cornwall may not be your initial option, particularly for a summer season holiday when it is crammed to the gills with tourists. However the county, despite being very popular, still offers quiet coves and secluded beaches once you know where you should look. One of these is the delightful beach at Porth Joke, referred to as Polly Joke Beach by the locals, only a stone's throw from bustling Newquay and picturesque Crantock village.
Book a cottage in Cornwall, head for Polly Joke and you will discover a wonderful little inlet, backed by soft grassland and nestled cosily between the extensive beach at Crantock and the even busier Holywell beach. A haven of golden sand dotted with exciting rock pools, it's about 300m walk from the nearest car park, which might not seem a lot, but it's enough to put many visitors off, so it's often wonderfully secluded.
There is simply no development at Polly Joke beach either. There aren't any shops, bars or supplies readily available. That also helps puts your average visitor off, especially if they have got youngsters and pushchairs to deal with. The path from the car park isn't made up so it's an effort taking a pram or whatever. The up side? The typical visitor age is higher at Polly Joke and it's really far more tranquil consequently. Because there's less shrieking and screaming you can savour the gentle suck of the waves uninterrupted and drift off to the soughing of warm summer breezes across the scrubby vegetation and sharp Marram grass. Ideal for adult contemplation and peace when you spend the rest of the year working your backside off in an inner city cacophony!
As dog friendly Cornwall goes, there's no dogs allowed on the beach between Easter and October. Which is a shame, but understandable. The incredibly crystal clear Gulf Stream waters and pale sand lend Polly Joke a tropical feel and the views deliver the essence of purest Cornwall, stunning at every time of year and in every kind of weather. And it's amazingly clean.
In spring and summer the path to the beach is surrounded by unusual beach-side plants which flower profusely to give a stunning mat of yellow, orange and purple, contrasting dramatically against the sea and sky. Newquay's fantastic beaches have made it one of the county's prime destinations for sunbathers and surfers alike but Polly Joke Beach remains a relatively well kept secret, a little jewel in Cornwall's crown. Cornwall cottage holidays give you access to all this and more. Book your holiday cottage in Cornwall at Crantock, or as close as you can get, and make Polly Joke your base for the best, most relaxing Cornish break...ever!
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