Mother Iveys Bay

Mother Iveys Bay - Cornwall
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Mother Ivey’s Bay is somewhat tucked away on the North Cornish coast between Newquay and Padstow. It is a very pleasant sandy beach at the bottom of steep cliffs. If it were not for the large caravan site above the beach it would be something of a hidden gem.

Besides access through the caravan site itself you are looking at a twenty minute walk along the coast path from Harlyn. As a result the beach rarely gets busy even when the caravan site is full.

The rather strange name, Mother Ivey’s Bay, comes from the legend of a local white witch who cursed a family. Prior to this it was always known as Polventon beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are welcome all year round

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  • Swimming/bathing

Nearest town



PL28 8SL

OS grid ref.

SW 8643 7600


There is a small car park near the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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