The area around Polkerris offers a variety of landscapes, superb views, rich wildlife, coastal walks and historical features. Well known for its links with the author Daphne du Maurier and the setting of many of her novels and more recently for the filming of Rosamunde Pilcher's books.
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 Scientific Interest.
OS Grid Ref: SX09285207
Sat Nav: PL24 2TL
By Bus: The nearest bus stop is at The Ship pub at Polmear, about 20 minutes walk along the coast path. There is a First Kernow service to Fowey and St Austell.
By Train: Polkerris is just 2 miles from the mainline rail station at Par, with a direct service from London Paddington.
By air: Newquay airport is a 40-minute drive from Polkerris.
The Water Quality at Polkerris has been rated Excellent from 2013-2017 by the Environmental Agency.
Main Polkerris Car Park located approximately 200m from the beach on the right-hand side as you descend the hill entry to Polkerris village. Pay and Display between 8am and 6pm
1 hour 80p
2 hours £1.60
3 hours £2.40
All Day £3.00
Tregaminion Overflow Car Park situated in a field 200 yards on from the Polkerris beach turning heading towards Menabilly. A 5-minute walk down the coast path to Polkerris. Cost £2 All Day
Rashleigh Pub Car Park limited spaces, located next to the pub reserved for pub users.
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. Below are two of our favourites.
Polkerris, Gribbin Head and Readymoney Cove Circular Walk
Distance: Approximately 6.6miles (10.6km)
Start Point: Polkerris
Toilets & Refreshments: Polkerris, Readymoney, Fowey.
This walk offers stunning cliff tops, coves and spectacular views of the Fowey River and encompasses the Gribbin Tower, St.Catherine's Point, Readymoney Cove and Polridmouth Beach, famed for its association with Daphne du Maurier and her book Rebecca.
To walk from Polkerris join the coast path behind the Gribbin Gallery and follow the coast path up steps and through the woods to meet the main road where you then follow the path signed Saints’ Way, which will take you through Menabilly woods and Covington Woods.
You can extend the walk to visit Readymoney Cove or St.Catherine's Point castle during this section. After which you then follow the South West Coast Path along the coastline in a Southwesterly direction to the Gribbin Head Tower and then back to Polkerris to complete the circular route.
Polkerris to Par Beach
Distance: Approximately 2 miles (3.2km)
Start Point: Polkerris
Toilets & Refreshments: Polkerris
Dog Exercising: Dogs are permitted on Par Sands beach all year
To walk from Polkerris to Par join the coast path from the Rashleigh Inn car park and follow the steep path that leads up into the woods. Once at the top there's about a twenty-minute walk over the cliff top with views across St.Austell Bay as well as the china clay works.
You can also access Booley beach from this coastal walk, nice for a picnic or explore. Par Beach stretches over half a mile, backed by pretty sand dunes and a nature reserve. This walk can be extended as desired and a circular route looping back inland is possible.
Other popular walks
Fowey to Polkerris 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
Mevagissey to Polkerris 12.7 miles (20km)
Saints’ Way along the Pilgrim’s Path, Padstow to Fowey 28 miles (45km)
Fowey to Polruan: a foot ferry links the two settlements of Fowey and Polruan and cars are transported by the Bodinnick Ferry.
Fowey to Mevagissey: There is a passenger ferry that runs between Fowey and Mevagissey which takes about 35 minutes.
Dogs are welcome on the beach between 1st October until Good Friday. Outside of these times, dogs are permitted in the Rashleigh pub, and on a lead on the outdoor seating area at Sam’s on the Beach as well as on the grassed area by Polkerris Watersports and Hungry Sailor Cafe.
Bonfires and BBQs on the beach are prohibited
Within an area of outstanding natural beauty the coastline, woodland and Cornish hedges surrounding Polkerris includes a wide variety of habitats.In addition, the two headlands bordering St.Austell Bay; Black Head and Gribbin are protected from development enabling wildlife to flourish.
The neighbouring Par Beach is an important stopover for birds owing to its sand dunes, lagoon and reed beds, especially in Spring and Autumn. Furthermore, there’s plenty of sea life to look out for, from local seals and dolphins to shore crabs and starfish. The area is home to three main types of dolphins, common dolphins, harbour porpoises and the lesser spotted bottlenose dolphins and there are plenty of rock pools for exploring at low tide.