Mother Ivey's Bay

North Cornwall

Backed by a large caravan park and accessed from the coast path, this small beach is a little off the beaten track, and mainly used by campers and caravanners – but the lack of facilities means it's generally a bit quieter than its neighbours. According to local lore, it was named after a local wise woman and witch who once lived nearby.

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