Tre Arnen

A small sandy beach facing the north-west


St. Merryn Parish Council


Treyarnon is a hamlet west of St. Merryn, near Padstow. and about two miles south of Trevose Head, it has a small beach with a caravan park, Youth Hostel and café.

Treyarnon has a car park (often full at busy times), toilet facilities and a useful shop (Treyarnon Bay Beach Store). It is a popular spot for bodyboarding, where most surfers go to the beach next door, Constantine Bay. Dogs are allowed all year around and there is lifeguard cover in the summer. The beach has a very dangerous left hand side. The tide comes in very quickly around the island on the left hand side, often leaving people cut off from the mainland. It has a partially constructed rock-pool which acts as a swimming pool for older children at low tide.

The headland at the end of the beach features an island (Trethias Island) which is completely separated from the mainland by a steep, deep gulley. The gulley can be easily explored at low tide and there are plenty of jumping opportunities. At the end of the gulley on the left, there is an opening which leads to a large cave, this cave extends through the entire headland and emerges into the cove adjacent to Treyarnon. It is only accessible at low tide however and is extremely dangerous otherwise.

Many cliff-top benches are dedicated to relatives of locals and visitors 'who loved this place'. 'Lark song and sea sound in the air, and splendour, splendour everywhere' is one inscription on a bench between Treyarnon and Constantine Bays. Another nearby is the mysterious 'The Captain and the Purple Lady - The sun is always over the yardarm'.

The South West Coast Path runs down the side of Treyarnon beach, across the back of the beach, and then along the other side of the beach. The coast hear runs north–south, the next beach to the north being Constantine and to the south being Porthcothan.

On 12th May 1969, an empty tanker bound for breaking, the 'Hemsley I', was wrecked in Fox Cove after the master mistook his location. The vessel was broken up on site.


Cafes in Treyarnon

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