Polkerris Beach combines an idyllic sandy Cornish cove with first class watersports facilities set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Situated within spectacular coastline of low cliffs and secluded sandy beaches it offers stunning scenery, the perfect background for getting out on the water as well as offering superb walking routes to the beautiful Menabilly valley, dramatic Gribbin Head, and picturesque Fowey estuary.
Our watersports centre offers you the opportunity to try your hand at sailing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing or power boating with expert tuition, as well as rent watersports kit including kayaks, stand up paddle boards, sailing dinghies or windsurf equipment. We also host regular events at the beach including open water swimrace events, an annual swim-sup-run triathlon, beach yoga and beach cleans.
Off the water Polkerris is the perfect place to eat, drink, feel your feet in the sand and enjoy the view. There’s three unique eateries at Polkerris: the Hungry Sailor beachfront takeaway serving artisan Cornish ice cream, pasties, bacon baps and hot dogs all made local produce. The Rashleigh Inn, a fantastic traditional Pub with great local ales and the award winning Sam’s on the Beach seafood and pizza restaurant.
The area around Polkerris is well known for its links with the author Daphne du Maurier, the setting of many of her novels, and more recently as an area for the filming of Rosamunde Pilcher's books. The South West Coast Path national trail runs directly through Polkerris and offers numerous spectacular walks around the surrounding area. Many popular circular walks exist, as well as walks of varying length and challenge. The area offers breathtaking natural beauty, and also features Special Areas of Conservation, including Lantic Bay and the St.Austell Clay Pits as well as several Special Sites of ScientificInterest.
The Main Car Park at Polkerris is located approximately 200m from the beach on the right-hand side as you descend the hill entry to Polkerris village. It is pay and display between 8am to 6pm. Prices as follows: 1 hour 80p, 2 hours £1.60, 3 hours £2.40 and All Day £4.00. There is also an additional Overflow Car Park situated in a field 200 yards on from the Polkerris Beach turning, heading towards Menabilly. This is open during the summer months and is a 5-minute walk down a path to the beach. The cost is £2.50 for the day.
For disabled access to the beach you are welcome to drop off and collect from the beach slipway. We have a beach wheelchair available, which can be booked in advance.
Dogs, BBQs and metal detectors are not permitted on the beach from Good Friday to September 30th.
Polkerris Beach Events 2019
SWIM-SUP-RUN (Saturday 4th May) This event will see participants take part in one, more or all events from an individual sprint race to a 5km distance race to a technical race and team challenge throughout the day. This is a great event for people who are both new and more experienced SUP racers.
Aquathlon (Saturday 15th June) - This event involves a 1.5km open water sea swim followed by a challenging but rewarding and highly scenic, 6km run along the Coastpath to Gribbin Tower. This year includes a junior's race.
Swim Festival (Saturday 24th August) - This event is a mass participation open water sea swimming event which offers a choice of 1km, 2km and 3km Sea Swims. It’s a fantastic opportunity to try a swim of a particular distance for the first time or even to do two or all three distances!
Charlestown to Polkerris 5km Sea Swim (Saturday 21st September) - A point to point swim starting at Charlestown and heading west to east across St.Austell Bay and finishing at Polkerris Beach.
To find out more about the events go to https://polkerrisbeach.com/the-beach/beach-events/open-water-swims/