The Beach Guide

Mother Iveys Bay

  • Mother Ivey's Bay

The somewhat oddly named Mother Ivey's Bay is tucked away behind Trevose Head near Padstow. The headland to the north and cliffs to the rear provide this beach with plenty of shelter from the wind.

Mother Ivey's is an attractive sandy beach that rarely gets too busy, despite being located next to a holiday park. This is largely due to the beach being fairly difficult to get to; the nearest parking is around a mile away at either Harlyn Bay or Trevose head.

The beach itself is fine golden sand that slopes up to the cliffs. At low tide there are several little coves separated by rocky outcrops. As the tide comes in take care not to get cut off, the only accessible area of sand is in front of the caravan park.

The common name of the beach dates back to the late 1800s and it seems Mother Ivy was a local wise-woman and white witch. The Cornish name for the cove is Polventon (Poll Fenton) which means pool of a spring.

Also known as:

Polventon beach

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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PL28 8SL

OS grid ref.

SW 8609 7647


There are no facilities


There is no parking at Mother Ivey's. The nearest car parks are at Harlyn Bay or Trevose Head, both of which are around a mile away.