Known as the Saint Tropez of Cornwall due to it being frequented by the rich and famous, Rock is a pretty seaside village on the Camel Estuary on the opposite side to Padstow.
With a gorgeous white sandy beach that sweeps from Brea Hill to Daymer at low tide and a smattering of shops, restaurants and pubs, it is well worth a trip to this lovely little spot – you can catch the ferry across from Padstow.
If you’re feeling active, Rock is well known for its vast array of water sports on offer. Whether you’re a fishing beginner or a pro, there’s also plenty of fishing trips available where you can catch mackerel, bass and even shark. For something a little more sedate, there are some great boat trips exploring the coastline up towards Polzeath and Port Isaac. There are stunning walks in and around the area as well such as the Sir John Betjeman Walk which explores the sand dunes of the River Camel, or if you like a spot of golf the St Enodoc Golf Club, said to be one of the best in the U.K, is just up the road.
Like its neighbour Padstow, Rock is home to some great places to eat such as Outlaw or The Mariners, both run by Nathan Outlaw, The Dining Room and The Blue Tomato. There are some great cafes and delis too such as Malcolm Barnecutt’s bakery. And Sharp’s, one of Cornwall’s most famous breweries, is based in Rock so you’re guaranteed a good pint!
Things to do in Rock:
Mingle with the rich and famous on the beach
Play a round or two at St Enodoc Golf Club
Try a pint (or two) of the local brew
Take a boat trip around the north Cornish coastline
Amble along the Sir John Betjeman Walk