Seals off Polly Joke beach: Cornwall’s hidden gem

seals in cove at pollyjoke beach in cornwall

Seals off Polly Joke Beach in Cornwall

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Todays post is all about seals off Polly Joke beach in Cornwall, a hidden gem I found recently. I debated about telling the world about this, as it is such a magical thing to watch and thus I don’t want it to get ruined.

How many seals?

Now when I say seal colony, this one was big! I think we counted about 24 in total. Luckily where the seals are is in a place where they can’t really be disturbed. 

It was truly magical watching the seals of all ages sunbathing and playing in the surf and quite honestly you could sit there for hours. 

I would recommend bringing a camera with a great zoom lens to capture some amazing pictures. I wish I had.

wild seal in the water in Looe in Cornwall


The best way to get to to the seals is by driving through Crantock and parking in the Polly Joke beach car park. (Which costs a pound even in the winter…) Then walk down to Polly Joke beach and carry along the headland in the direction of Holywell Bay for I would say about 15 minutes. 

Then in one of the secluded beaches along the headland you may find them. I’m not saying there is a guarantee you’ll see them as they do move around however, I do think most people do spot one or two. Keep a lookout everywhere as they may even be in the water! 

You could try and visit the seals by going the other way along the coast path from Holywell Bay. This also may be a better option if you’re a National Trust member as the car parking will be free.


Please do not disturb the seals by trying to get onto the beach or making loud noises. It’s impossible to get down the cliff face, which by the way I should pre-warn you is pretty dangerous. So don’t stand too close to the edge! Also remember to keep safe along the coastal path as the headland can be very unstable and is prone to collapsing!


I hope you enjoyed learning about this Cornish hidden gem. If you enjoyed this blog post then check out the post on the seals we spotted while kayaking off Looe island here.

Lots of love, Melissa x