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Rock Cornwall Guide

Rock can be very deceiving, and for good reason. To the casual observer it is simply a road to a beach with some houses on it, but discretely hidden amongst the trees lies the most exclusive real estate in Cornwall, rivaling much throughout the UK.

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A little about Rock

A small town located opposite Padstow and reachable by windy roads with tall Cornish hedges on either side, or by the oldest working foot ferry in England from Padstow harbour, the Black Tor. The long, sandy beach is sheltered by the estuary and is a haven to a flotilla of yachts.

Its status as an exclusive area to live and for holidays means it is avery different community today compared to its early history. Its name is related to the quarry (now a car park) that provided ballast for sailing ships visiting Padstow. Now you will find fine wines, cheeses and Michelin stars, along with world class accommodation. Eating out in Rock is certainly worth traveling for, and the pubs and restaurants reflect the quality of the locale.

There are high quality independent shops and chains, but scattered along Rock Road, that leads from Pityme down to the quarry car park beside the beaches. Art galleries are starting to grow in number here, there is only one dedicated gallery on Rock Road, but it has some wonderful work exhibited.

The Water

The beautiful beach stretches alongside the Camel to Daymer Bay (a superb family and dog friendly beach), a mile of very fine sand backed by dunes and lapped by exceptionally clear and calm waters. Don’t expect any surf, but that's one of the attractions, the sheltered waters have become very popular for watersports: sailing, fishing, windsurfing, boat trips of many sorts and water skiing are just a few.

There is also a water taxi available for those out too late to catch the ferry. The water between Padstow and Rock is always full of activity.

The golfing here is also famous, as is the former poet laureate, John Betjeman’s, grave. It lies at St. Enodoc Church, right beside the links. This is an area well blessed with golf courses.

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