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Mother Ivey's Bay  



Mother Ivey's Bay is a beautiful sheltered bay with a soft sandy beach. There is no direct access to the bay,  so to reach the beach it is an approximately 20 minute walk along the coast path from the nearby Harlyn Bay. Mother Ivey's Bay is such a stunning place to visit it is well worth the effort to get there. The gently sloping beach is made up of a number of coves, the most popular of all the coves is the one immediately below the caravan site. This area of the beach is the only sand left on the whole bay at high water. At low tide, north of there, towards the Padstow Lifeboat Station, you will see Long Cove the largest of all the coves in the bay.


The bay is located on the picturesque Trevose Head near Padstow, and takes its name from the legend of 'Mother Ivy' who was a local wise woman, and the bay has been called this since 1870, but is also known as Polventon Beach and Long Cove.


Mother Ivey's Bay unfortunately does not have lifeguard cover during the year, so you have to take extra precaution if swimming here. Please be sure to observe the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Constantine Bay (0.7m)


Treyarnon Beach (1.0m)


Harlyn Bay (1.3m)


Fox Cove (1.4m)


Newtrain Bay (1.6m)


Porthcothan Bay (1.7m)


Trevone Bay (1.8m)


Pentire Steps Beach (2.8m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities

Sandy with rocky outcrops


Lifeguard Service Facilities



Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dogs allowed all year round.


OS Grid Reference - SW 86254 76046

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 186254 : 076046

Postcode (nearest) PL28 8SL

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW862760

Latitude : Longitude : 50.545017 : -5.0182682



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