MOTHER IVEY'S BAY
Mother Ivey's Bay lies on the northern side of Trevose Head, four miles to the west of Padstow. This sandy beach is also known as Polventon Beach. It is privately owned by Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park.
On Trevose Head there is a lighthouse and at the northwest end of Mother Ivey's Bay, near the Merope Rocks, there is the RNLI lifeboat station, completed in July 2006 for the new Tamar class lifeboat Spirit of Padstow.
A legend refers to Mother Ivey (or Ivy) as a local wisewoman or white witch of the 16th century who cursed a field overlooking the bay. The owners ploughed a large quantity of pilchards into the field rather than give it to the starving locals. Mother Ivey cursed the field - "if ever its soil is broken, death will follow". After the crops were harvested, the eldest son of the family was thrown from his horse and died. The field remained untouched until the 1970s when a group with metal detectors started digging and one of them died of a heart attack within days. In 2001 the water board laid new pipes across the field and the foreman died the following day.
Privately owned beach with access restricted to holidaymakers staying at Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park.
Swimming & Surfing
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Dogs not allowed.
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