With stunning views across the Camel Estuary and within easy access to Padstow, Rock is a blissful Cornish retreat with everything on it’s doorstep.
With a huge expanse of golden sand at low tide it is no surprise that Rock is a favourite among beach goers who want a more laid back day at the beach. The dunes are a designated site of special scientific interest for their flora and geology and no two days are the same as the sands shift with the tides.
For somewhere so sandy it might seem that Rock is not the most appropriate name. However, it comes from back from older times when the local quarry used to supply rocks that were used as ballast by sailing ships which had unloaded their cargo across the river in Padstow. That quarry is now the car park on the sea front.
Rock isn’t just a beach however. There are a number of bars overlooking the estuary and plenty of boutique shops to explore. There are numerous restuarants, cafes and pubs with stunning water views. These include The Mariners, The Dining Room, The St Enodoc Hotel, The Tap Room, The Blue Tomato Cafe and The Rock Inn. Fresh local produce is available from the bakery, butchers, fishmongers, delicatessen and general store. Perfect for those on a self-catering holiday wanting to try their hand at cooking with some of the UK’s finest ingredients.
Sports in Rock are numerous, as the estuary lends itself to a more sheltered environment perfect for wakeboarding, stand-up paddle-boarding and water skiing as well as some of the finest sailing in the country.
For keen golfers Rock is home to the world famous St Enodoc Golf Course which boasts two 18 hole courses (The Church and The Holywell). A two minute drive away is The Point’s very own 18 hole course, driving range and practice area.
To the South of Rock the adjoining hamlet of Porthilly can be easily reached on foot with its quaint church and cove. Porthilly is also home to its famous oysters which are a staple ingredient in many of the local restaurants.
- Take the Black Tor ferry over to Padstow and explore it’s narrow streets and shops before returning and having a drink at The Mariners by Paul Ainsworth
- Play 18 holes at the renowned Top 100 St Enodoc golf club
- Learn to water ski or paddle board in the estuary’s calm waters with the experienced Camel Ski School