Daymer Bay

Good sized stretch of sand bordered by dunes and sandhills. It is comparatively off the beaten track compared to its neighbours, Rock and Polzeath which gives it a slightly more secluded feel.

The beach is within the mouth of the Camel Estuary so is pretty sheltered and has a gently sloping beach making it safe for swimming.

At south the end of the beach is the grassy mound of Braey Hill which is worth a climb for excellent views of the area. At the foot of the hill a little way from the beach is St Enodoc Church or Sinking Neddy as it is sometimes referred to due to it's close relationship with the sea and sand. It is here that the former Poet Laureate, John Betjeman is buried.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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Postcode

PL27 6SA

OS grid ref.

SW 9283 7742

Parking

Large car park

Daymer Bay Reviews

Parking Cowboys still operating

May 10th 2022

Despite all the complaints about unfair practice, this company still seems to be getting away with its unfair business practices.
Before you pay one of their fines, check the rules.  THEY are not following them, despite the fact they bully and threaten you if they perceive you haven’t followed THEIR rules.
They have a limited amount of time to issue the ‘fines’ (just invoices really and carry no weight) and they can’t even manage to do that properly.
Don’t appeal, of course they will reject it whatever grounds you appeal on. Use their own rules against them - and don’t pay.

same rules as most car parks

Mar 30th 2022

How can people complain that they are fined when they admit to entering the wrong reg or to being over the time paid for ? The time is from driving in to driving out but as I know the owners of this car park I also know that the time allowance given to find parking space is well above the average car park. Notices are clear on entry and there are three ways to pay ( this makes it confusing according to one complaint !! ) The toilets do not belong to the car park. the council closed them and now volunteers do their best to keep them open. All clearly signed.

Beautiful beach ruined by rip off car park operators.

Ruth
Jan 30th 2022

£100 fine for 15-minute overstay. Fine sent 4 months after the ‘offence.’ No phone signal so hard to pay. Time is from entry and exit - although no barriers showing this - so even if you are at your car you will be fined. No toilet facilities. Potholed and crowded car park with poor access down busy narrow lance in summer.

Beware scam parking enforcement

Chris Stevens
Dec 30th 2021

In common with many other comments on this site, I was issued a parking fine over three months after the ‘offence’, and have been unable to contest it.  When you complete the form to contest it, they write back immediately with a blanket response that doesn’t even attempt to reply to the points you made, and tells you that no further correspondence from you will be looked at!  I think there are enough complaints on this site alone to justify an investigation into Alliance Parking by the IAS.

Car Park Rip Off

A Victim
Dec 27th 2021

Received a PCN for £60 rising to £170 if not paid within 14 days.  Payment is confusing, some might suggest deliberately so, with options to pay by ap, phone or meter, two of which didn’t work for us.  We did eventually find the meter and paid for 3 hours and left 3 hours later.  However, it seems they also count the time you spend getting out of your car and finding out how to pay.  Absolute rip off.  Shame really because Daymer Bay has a really nice beach with a lovely view across the Camel Estuary but we won’t be going there again.

Dirty

Paul Stebbings
Dec 09th 2021

Dirty toilets, dirty beach, pretty crap really .. won’t be heading there again

Daymer Bay carpark fine

Tina Watson
Dec 08th 2021

I too have just been sent a parking fine from mid-August.  More annoying still is that I was in a rental car, and Hertz forwarded the fine to me too late for me to pay it within the reduced period.  I clearly remember standing on the phone making the payment (which took ages) but I can’t find any confirmation SMS from them for that day, so I don’t have anything to dispute it with.

Avoid this car park like the plague

A Victim
Dec 03rd 2021

Daymer Bay has a really nice beach with a lovely view across the Camel Estuary.  Unfortunately however, if you use the car park you are likely to be ripped off by Alliance Parking UK Ltd, who are running an immoral money-making operation.
Unless you have used the car park previously and already been ripped off, you probably won’t know that upon entering the car park, cameras will have taken a picture of your car, logging the time of entry. This will be repeated upon departure.
The first you’ll probably know about this, is some weeks later when you receive a Parking Charge Notice, saying that “...the vehicle was present without payment having been made for the duration of the vehicle’s stay” and that the driver is liable to pay £100 within 28 days or £170 thereafter.  Further bully boy panic tactics are used by saying, however £60 will be accepted if payment is made within 14 days, although probably almost half this time will have passed by the time you receive the Notice.
If you should dispute the charge, Alliance will claim that, “.....the driver is deemed in law to be bound by the terms of ‘The Contract’”, which they will say you agreed to upon entering and using the car park.  They will also say, “....our decision is final; therefore no further correspondence other than payment will be addressed or responded to.”  You are therefore left to decide whether to grit teeth and pay the £60, or enter a lengthy appeal process which, depending on who blinks first, could end up in Court.
Oh, and by the way, if you think you can escape the time trap by paying for a much longer period than you intend to stay for, you may still receive a Parking Charge Notice for having failed to fulfil another small print condition of ‘The Contract’ that you entered into.
So, take your choice.  Either go and enjoy the beach and lovely view at Daymer Bay and risk falling foul of these crooks, or go instead to one of the other lovely places in Cornwall but make sure the car park is NOT run by Alliance Parking!

 

Parking fine.

James Collinson
Dec 03rd 2021

Lovely beach shame about car park arrangements.  I always make a point of paying parking charges wherever we go. Particularly on holiday. Could not see anywhere to pay, it was 19.46 at night and low light.  Mistakenly thought the charging period would be over anyway. Stayed an hour to watch sunset. Would happily have paid the parking if I had known. 3 months later I received a fine of £60. Merry Christmas. Soured a lovely memory.

Daymer Bay parking

Nov 30th 2021

Another complaint to add re the new Daymer Bay ANPR system…sorry to all the visitors who are receiving PCN’s, us locals are getting them too, something isn’t right with the system and it needs sorting Alliance Parking and Daymer Bay car park owners!!!

Cr4p car park

Fuming Holidaymaker
Nov 30th 2021

Been going here for years now for night time swims. However ive been done 3 times in august (which ive only just been billed for in December), and these are all at times well past 9pm. Do not park here, even Polzeath is free after 6pm…
These new owners are only in it for the money !

Car park rip off

Local person
Nov 29th 2021

Been going to Daymer all my life, not anymore, parking charges are a complete rip off, I have just received a £60 fine for apparently going over my time which I know I didn’t but no proof so can’t dispute it.The car park is rubbish, hasn’t had a penny spent on it ever yet they are raking it in, shame on you ripping off people.

Car Parking Scam

John Wilks
Nov 29th 2021

Received PCN notice 4 months and 1 day after using Daymer car park. Have been going for 20+ years and have been familiar with the nice car park attendees over the years. It was early on this visit and assumed as normal that as I was there before 8.00am that they weren’t on shift yet and would, as many times before come and ask later for payment. It appears I am wrong. It is so long ago now that I can’t even remember if I put money into the machine. I don’t have a mobile phone so wouldn’t use any app thing anyway. Stealth fine!

Dodgy Parking Ticket

Martin Norman
Nov 27th 2021

Have received a parking ticket asking for £100.
It’s nearly December, the date of the alleged offence was August.
It’s very unlikely we didn’t buy a ticket to park as we’re always careful about these things, especially in touristy places.
Who saves tickets for over 3 months? They can literally try this trick with everyone and 99% of people can’t prove they bought a ticket.
And it’s a shit car park with no bins and charges to use a public loo.

Rip off

Mark webb
Nov 25th 2021

Just received a PCN for parking. I can’t decide if I’m at fault. I parked after 6pm and assumed it was free after this time. It is at Polzeath and assumed it was here. I can’t find any information online about the parking times. Does anyone know if the parking costs cover a 24hr period. I expect they do from looking at other reviews Alliance Parking are just money orientated thieves.

Beautiful beach, shame about the parking

MartinF
Nov 24th 2021

This is a beach I visit regularly, and have done for many years. It’s a fabulous, scenic location, BUT…

The car park is now equipped with ANPR, so they take pictures of your vehicle as you enter and again as you leave. I parked there on the 8th Aug and was 24 mins late leaving (i.e. after my £4 for 3hrs ticket expired). Ok, I’m at fault for parking too long. BUT… I received notification of the £60 charge today - 25th Nov, in a letter dated 19th November, with a payment deadline of 3rd Dec. They claim the charge will rise to £100 thereafter, then to £170 by 17th Dec. It’s taken them over 15 weeks to get this charge notice to me.

The operators are a bunch of crooks & I shall be appealing this charge.

Parking Warning

Angry Tourist
Nov 23rd 2021

Just received a PCN 3.5 months after the event.  Before you think, ‘should have bought a ticket’ well I did just that through the JustPark app so I even have a record.  Problem is I didn’t start it when driving through the gate but after I had found a space and got out of the car.  Normally this is when you would go to the meter but that wouldn’t work either.  The start of parking is measured from a CCTV camera on the gate to when you leave.  There is only 10 mins grace period so there is a high chance you will get a ticket.  Unfortunately this is only clear now when you review Alliance Parkings website.  Being 3.5 months later also means I am not in the area to study if the signage was appropriate.  I would love a local to take some photos and upload them to google or similar.

IF YOU DO CHOOSE TO VISIT, STOP AT THE GATE AND BUY YOU TICKET BEFORE ENTERING.

Unhappy local

Nov 23rd 2021

Car park rip off and not obvious that you will be filmed and billed for overstaying time.  Poor facilities - hardly a car park - just a field.  No allocated spaces / amenities. 
Poorly judged systems which will mean only naive tourists get hit. Locals won’t want to go anymore. Such a shame as a lovely spot

Beware of cameras and parking charges

Linda
Nov 17th 2021

You can only pay for parking using an app and there are cameras. If you do not ensure you have updated your car registration you will receive a PCN £60. I correctly paid the full parking price of £4.20 per visit. I had to download the app and didn’t realise I had an old car registered on the app. I hadn’t realised I had used this app in 2014 which held old car details. I hadn’t realised this and assumed it had knowledge of current registered car. I was travelling alone, am not IT proficient so have landed with 2 PCNs for 2 visits to this beach. I appealed and explained with my booking references. This I feel is ageist…. and yes I did not have to park on this car park and will not do so again however, there was no alternative if I wanted to enjoy this beach as my walking is restricted.
Ageist and ruthless owners of this car park are immoral.

Lack of amenities

Local
Oct 24th 2021

Daumier Bay has a very nice beach although swimming is not advisable due to the strong currents of the Camel Estuary.
There are little amenities at Daymer Bay. Toilets are not free also not very well maintained hygiene issues to say the least need to be cleaned more than once a day with some decent bacterial cleaning materials.Washing hands in Luke warm water if you are lucky most of the time no soap or decent drying machine.
There is a shop in the car park area during the main summer season with limited snack and drink options.
Car park is expensive too.

Aug 14th 2021

Cheaper than most car parks in the area even NT car parks are £8 a day! What do people expect take your rubbish home with you

Disgusting owners

Aug 14th 2021

Very expensive car park, which doesn’t offer a single bin for rubbish or dog waste, and charges different rates for each of the few toilets, which are dirty!! The owner really does nothing for locals or visitors.

Refreshments

Woods
Aug 12th 2021

Wow…. Latte coffee and even instant coffee was bloody terrible. Tea was fine but don’t even go for coffee.  Nice beach ok for families but not for surfing.

Discrimination

Jun 06th 2021

Loos:

20p if you’re male
40p if you’re female
50p if you’re disabled

5 stars for beautiful beach, zero stars for ugly discrimination

Prejudice owners

Casey Soper
Mar 15th 2021

I was charged “Extra” for kitesurfing.
When I questioned this I was told that they didn’t want kitesurfers “Ruining” the beach for others and causing them to phone emergency services when they got in trouble!
I offered to use my own phone if I got into trouble and questioned the practice of charging extra for kiting.
The man was very rude and acted in an ignorant manner.
Surely if you don’t want a certain group to use your facility then you don’t let them in in the first place!?
Is it a private beach?  It’s none of their business what the beach users choose to do there.
Is it legal to charge extra for this?
Interesting to be told in a thick Midlands accent that I wasn’t welcome on one of my local beaches.

Extra charges - avoid

Ken Wilkins
Mar 15th 2021

Very shocked to learn that as well as the normal charges they add £1.50 a visit if you are a windsurfer or kitesurfer. What an absolute cheek! Nowhere I know of elsewhere does this, you pay to park your car, what difference does it make what you do when you get to the beach. Think I’ll let the media know about this. Greedy so and so’s.

Unimpressed with facilities

Aug 20th 2020

They charge £6 to park but there are no bins and they charge for the toilets. Dunes all fenced off. Plenty of better places