Porth Joke


Porth Joke
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A sandy unspoilt beach in a sheltered bay. Porth Joke, or, Polly Joke, is just south of Fistral Bay in Newquay, between Kelsey Head and West Pentire. The beach is a 15 minute walk from the nearest parking - there is a NT car park on Cubert Common SW778601 or private pay & displays at West Pentire.


A quieter beach than its neighbours, Porth Joke is excellent for rockpooling and has caves to explore. The beach is also suitable for: swimming, bodyboarding, surfing and fishing. Coastal paths surround the beach - there is plenty of opportunity for walking.

Wildlife and Walks

On walks you can see a range of scenery, including: headlands, sand dunes, historic Common of wildlife rich grasslands (sheep graze here year round: KEEP DOGS UNDER CONTROL PLEASE). Fields of wildflowers bloom (June and July) at West Pentire and grey seals and dolphins have been spotted offshore.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Porth Joke



Nearest car parks are NT at Cubert Common (Treago Mill) SW778601. Or private pay & displays at West Pentire. It is a 15 minute walk to beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are allowed.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned ad hoc, mainly after winter storms.