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Porth Joke

Cornwall

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.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Porth Joke beach

Parking

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.

Lifeguards

None

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Activities

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. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: cove, sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

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. You can use the beach map to find the closest beach that is tested for water quality.

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

2015 Not tested

What’s 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.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

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:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Porth Joke beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Porth Joke beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katherine Pinching
on 8 Sep 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Cath Blinman
on 20 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alan Inglis
on 18 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Brandon Gaston clarke
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carol Silverman
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Wakefield
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Elena Maher
on 14 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Pippa Richardson
on 12 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by H Wiltshire
on 11 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Brown
on 7 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jenny Salmon
on 5 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Danielle Williams
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Juliet Turner
on 31 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by David Kingston
on 30 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Brown
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Sweeney
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Sweeney
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carolyn Goff
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Katy Grazebrook
on 28 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Libbi Nightingale
on 26 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Alicia Hopkins
on 25 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nicola Champion
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Laura Gavasingha
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Beth Simons
on 23 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Paul Laughey
on 18 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Carmen Stamper
on 16 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Trudgian
on 14 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Simon Walker
on 13 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Wendy Whitridge
on 12 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Sue Cooke
on 11 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Kinsey
on 11 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lisa Crampton
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Delia Webb
on 10 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lucy Peel
on 2 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Elaine Nelson
on 2 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Laura Templeton
on 1 Oct 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Veronika Chesworth-kruse
on 25 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Joanna Austin
on 13 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lou Brumby
on 19 Apr 2016

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