Mother Ivey's Bay
The picturesque Polventon Beach at Mother Ivey's Bay lies on the northern side of Trevose Head, near Padstow in North Cornwall.
Northeast-facing the beach is sheltered by the headland of Trevose Head, and consists of golden sand.
Mother Ivey's Bay is a firm favourite with families staying in the nearby caravan and camp sites. The 'trendy' resorts Padstow and Rock also lie just a short distance away. The beach is wide enough however to cater for large numbers of visitors in high season.
Visitors should park at the large Trevose Head car park and then take the threequarter or so mile walk down to the beach. The recently constructed (2006) Padstow Lifeboat House nestles beside the Merope Rocks on the western end of the beach and has won many awards. It houses the Tamar class lifeboat 'Spirit of Padstow', and is now very much a feature of Mother Ivey's Bay.
There is no lifeguard cover or safety equipment here. Swimming is relatively safe for but only on an incoming tide. Please be aware that there may be strong currents operating offshore, so take extra care. Mother Ivey's is not really a surfing beach but can often be favourable for body boarding.
There are some fine walks to be had along the South West Coast Path on the cliffs above the beach, north and west to Trevose Head, Booby's Bay, Constantine Bay and Treyarnon; or east over Cataclews Point to Harlyn Bay, Trevone and the beaches of Padstow itself .
The nearest toilets, unless you are staying at the caravan and camping sites, are at Harlyn Bay and Constantine Bay. There are no restrictions for dogs at Polventon Beach.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
✔ Interesting geology
OS Explorer Map 106: Newquay & Padstow
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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