Trevone Bay

Trevone is a popular beach with both surfers and families. The main beach is sandy inlet that is actually far deeper than it is wide. To either side of this expanse of golden sand are rocky ledges which are home to some great rock pools.

However, if it's rock pools you're after try the aptly named Rocky Beach (Newtrain Bay) next door. Here you'll find not only great rock pools to explore but a big tidal pool ideal for splashing around in.

With its gently sloping sand swimming is generally safe at Trevone and RNLI lifeguards are present in the summer months. Please note there can be a strong rip current on the right side of the beach at times.

The rocks in around Trevone are of particular interest and the area is Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Of particular interest though is the blow-hole known as Round Hole; an 80ft (25m) deep hole in the cliffs formed from a collapsed cave.

The beach is located around 2 miles west of Padstow making it easy to get to from this popular town. On the minus side, with all Trevone's great features, it can get quite busy in the summer.

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Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguard Summer cover daily from 19 May to 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Seasonal dog ban. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 15th May to 30th September / 10am to 6pm

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Disabled access

Easy access from the car park

OS grid ref.

SW 8913 7602


Backing right onto the village of Trevone there are no shortage of amenities within a stone's throw of the beach. The beach itself has toilets, cafe and a shop.


There are two large car parks at either end of the beach as well as a few parking spaces next to the beach.


Blue Flag Award

Trevone Bay Reviews

Car park is to be avoided

May 04th 2022

Sadly, like many others the car parking is astronomical and unethical. Please avoid. Also please note that money saving expert has published an article highlighting that private car parks are no longer allowed to charge penalties of more than £50.

I will never go here again, ruined by parking company.

Apr 19th 2022

Agree with all the other reviews. How this parking company is allowed to manage the parking is a disgrace. There is absolutely no way you can avoid getting a fine unless you pay before entering and leave well before your time is up. Returned home to a £100 fine for taking too long to get to ticket machine and taking 40 seconds too long to exit the car park. Will not be visiting Trevone ever again whilst this company are allowed to rip folk off. This cannot be right. If the purpose of this company is to stop tourism and business at this bay it’s certainly working.

Apr 03rd 2022

Sort your rip-off egregious parking management company out, you are ruining people’s visit

Car park

Feb 28th 2022

Car park scam - cameras captured entry and exit . We stopped for a matter of minutes to check out the view which cost us £100 fine for not buying a parking ticket - be very cautious

Jan 22nd 2022

Sadly, I can only add my comments about parking to those above. Paid by credit card, returned well within the time. Penalty notice states non payment, and when I checked, my card hadn’t been debited. Horrible to be scammed in this way.


Peter Plate
Dec 04th 2021

So, they put hidden cameras at the entrance and exit, then operate a pay and display. When we arrived we had a downpour, waited in the car for 15 minutes, then bought the ticket and then left less than 10 minutes over the 2hrs we paid for. But we stayed about 2 hrs 20 minutes, so got charged a fine, appeal was unsuccessful.
This is clearly designed to cash in from post lockdown holidaymakers (no, I did not read “the contract”, was advised the if I don’t agree with “the contract” I could have found alternative parking…., someone is getting rich on this and I will never visit this place again! Same happened to our friends, they probably cash in a fine from more than half the attendees.

Avoid. The parking is a scam.

Jane B
Dec 02nd 2021

This is a huge hassle to receive a PCN three months after parking. People should boycott

Car park rip off

Nov 24th 2021

The car park is operated by a cowboy company called Alliance Parking. They operate a hidden camera which photographs car registrations on entering and leaving the car park. Any minor mistake in paying for parking will result in a £170 fine which the company refuse to dispute. A quick search of the company name will show hundreds of similar reviews. I strongly recommend not visiting this beach or any local businesses, unless you can get there without having to park in the car park.

avoid - parking scam

Nov 09th 2021

I can vouch for other reviews.  Family received a ticket in Nov 21 for alleged overstay in August 21.  Dealing with a private car parking firm that is a specialist in this operation.  What can you do? I have not kept the receipt.  I think stay away from Trevone in future.
Not the first time we’ve been ripped off in Cornwall.

Nov 08th 2021

Had a lovely evening with pizzas on the beach back in the summer and had recommended friends to go there. However we have also just received a parking fine in the post when we definitely had paid for parking so we certainly won’t be back. Unfortunately as it has been almost 4 months we have no way to prove we paid. Hope the local businesses get involved with the parking issues as they will be losing lots of future business by the looks of the reviews.

Avoid at all costs

Nov 08th 2021

We received 2 x £100 fines for popping into the carpark for a moment at the end of September. We wanted to support the surf shop. We will not be doing that again. Why have the local carpark arranged for Alliance Parking to take over - it a scam and we will not be returning to Trevose again. Please take note this car park has a detrimental effect on your local business - IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT?

Nov 07th 2021

We also received a parking charge, issued over two months after we visited, despite paying to park for longer than we were there.  Appeal to Alliance has been denied as they say we didn’t pay.  Obviously we no longer have the ticket to prove it.  I honestly think this is a scam.  We definitely won’t be visiting Trevone again, which is a shame as it’s a lovely coastal village.

Avoid!!!!! Parking scam!!!

Nov 04th 2021

Paid for parking at Trevone beach prior to arrival due to network availability via the just park app. Despite paying for the full day, the appeal has been denied as the car parks have two different names!!! Trevone Bay and Porthmissen. How would a visitor know this as they are next to each other and Porthmissen is the overflow car park. I have a £100 fine or £170. Do I take it to court? I will avoid this beach and the lovely local shop and cafe in the future.#visitcornwallfail #visitcornwall#trevone #allianceparking

Car parking fine

Nov 03rd 2021

Received a fine for non payment.  We parked 18:52:51 until 20:54:35 on 26/08/21. We always pay cash & can’t prove we didn’t pay as don’t keep the tickets after a certain period.  Alliance Parking have issued a penalty notice dated 01/11/21 of £60 rising to £100 & then £170.  They are clearly waiting until 10 weeks so that you’ve either discarded your ticket or just can’t recall that far back.  We were supporting a lovely local business & will not return because of Alliance Parking.  Not great ethical business practice - scammers in my opinion


Nov 01st 2021

Paid for parking by bank card, clearly showing in our account but got a whopping fine despite that!  Utter rip off which is a shame as the beach and cafe are lovely, we won’t be back.

Oct 30th 2021

I do hope someone with some authority in Trevone will act on these reviews. It is a wonderful place and very dear to so many people. We are all happy to pay a reasonable amount to park there but Alliance parking are just appalling to the extent that people who have been coming for years are vowing not to return. Please find an honest company to run the car park.


Sep 17th 2021

We were introduced to Trevone about 6 years ago and have enjoyed a superb holiday with our Grandchildren each year.
Ideal for all children with its Sandy beach and a rocky beach next door.

Aug 30th 2021

Lovely beach but was also sent a parking ticket even though I paid.

Aug 30th 2021

Beautiful find on our way back to holiday home from a day out, lovely pizzas and cider from the beach bar/cafe…. tide was out, has the best evening playing in the rock pools and stream out to the sea, kids absolutely loved it ????

Aug 30th 2021

Beach is ok. Car park one to avoid.
Despite paying and displaying, a few days after returning from holiday I got a pcn through, as did a friend who went to the beach a few days before.
Pizzas from the local bar/cafe were a little underwhelming and took almost 2 hours to make from order - so not great when you have hungry little ones.

In all, I won’t be returning. Many many nicer beaches nearby, with better facilities and reliable parking.