The bracingly fresh sea air and dazzling, winding sandy beach –
Rock casts its spell on everyone who visits. So it’s no surprise that Rock, with its lively sailing scene and welcoming residents, has become the preferred holiday destination for celebrities and also members of the Royal Family.
So relax, breathe in that fresh sea air and settle into the charms of one of Cornwall’s most sought-after towns.
Something special happens when you pair the sensational produce of North Cornwall with the style and flair of the people of Rock. So whether you’re enjoying a true gastronomic journey while gazing out onto the Camel Estuary from the terrace of the lauded St Enodoc Hotel, or warming up with burgers and moules frites at the locally loved Blue Tomato Café after a long day at the beach, expect to experience a palpable passion for good food and Rock’s unique and refined brand of relaxed.
The very best of beach life
Rock residents are lucky enough to call one of the most beloved beaches in Cornwall, Rock Beach, their local spot. Just take a stroll next to the sand dunes, or take a dip in its exceptionally calm, crystal-clear azure waters and you’ll discover its magic.
And if wind-whipping adventure is your thing, then there’s certainly no shortage of it between Rock Beach, Daymer Bay and the Camel Estuary, with water skiing, angling, windsurfing and, of course, sailing. With this famously vibrant sailing and water sports culture, you’re bound to find the perfect club and community for you.
Cycle, ramble, roam
Soak up the sights while cycling, running or walking along the Camel Trail – this former steam railway line is now a flat 18-mile trail and affords charming views of the Camel Estuary and the bountiful rural surrounds. The peaceful route runs from Wenfordbridge on Bodmin Moor, and finishes at Padstow via the towns of Bodmin and Wadebridge. It is dog-friendly and entirely devoid of traffic making it the perfect family day out.
For even more soul food, there are several exceptional coastal walks around Daymer Bay, Polzeath, Trevose Head, Constantine Bay, and Port Isaac.
The colour, movement and tranquillity of the coastline and Camel Estuary offer inspiration for the esteemed artists who gather in Rock and its surrounding area. Rock Road Gallery features the work of local artist Allan Caswell, who creates beguiling, texture-rich, slightly abstract portrayals of the Camel Estuary and beyond.
Just south in neighbouring Porthilly you’ll find seascape painter Jethro Jackson’s serene and untamed oil paintings of the wild coast, as well as striking sculptures from other talented local artists.
Artisan and established brands
Whether you’re picking up freshly baked bread for breakfast or browsing the boutiques for your next favourite find, artisan makers as well as established brands are ready and waiting for you.
Enjoy all the convenience of the modern high street and the best of village life, with independent butchers, fishmongers and cheesemongers – they’ll know your name, and what you like, in no time!