Popular with affluent holidaymakers including royalty and politicians, Rock sits on the Camel estuary opposite Padstow
The village of Rock, situated on the north coast of Cornwall, is a charming and idyllic coastal destination that has earned its reputation as the "Saint-Tropez of Cornwall." This picturesque village, nestled along the banks of the Camel Estuary, boasts a unique blend of natural beauty, upscale amenities, and a relaxed seaside atmosphere.
One of the village's standout features is its stunning sandy beach, aptly named "Rock Beach." From Rock Beach there are far-reaching views along the wide estuary, all within Cornwall's National Landscape. Rock and the surrounding coast is a wildlife-watchers haven, whilst walkers delight in the coastal routes across the sand to Daymer Bay and Polzeath. A small ferry from Rock makes the short trip over to Padstow, for those looking to wander around one of Cornwall’s most iconic finishing harbours.
Rock is also a haven for food enthusiasts. Celebrity chefs, including Paul Ainsworth, brought their passion for exceptional dining experiences to this charming seaside location, creating a buzz in the food industry and drawing foodies from far and wide. Other restaurants boast views over the water, and traditional pubs ooze Cornish charm.
You could, but you would have to follow the Camel Trail inland to Wadebridge and then make your way back out along the other side of the estuary to Rock. It's much easier to catch the ferry across from Padstow!!
The North coast of Cornwall is a wonderful place to come for a holiday. A very family-friendly area, it has long attracted visitors looking for a traditional “bucket-and-spade” holiday, as well as surfers, walkers and those seeking the more relaxed pace of life.
From Bude down to Sennen Cove, there are loads of long sandy beaches, including the popular ones at Newquay and St Ives, but there are also sections of high cliffs, great for walking or just watching the summer sunsets.
For Visit Cornwall we class North Cornwall as the coast running down from the Devon border to Perranporth. This includes, Bude, Boscastle, Tintagel, Port Isaac, Polzeath, Padstow, Newquay plus loads of smaller places in between. Inland, we go down to Launceston, across the top of Bodmin Moor and continue past Wadebridge keeping north of the A30.
Cornwall's North Coast has plenty to see and do, from Bude in the far north, all the way down to Perranporth. It's famed for its long sandy beaches and big cliffs. It's a surfers paradise, it's got history and heritage at Tintagel and Boscastle, it's got fantastic walks and views... The easy answer is, don't miss any of it!
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