Rock has been a popular holiday destination for over a century. With its long sandy beach and an abundance of water sports on offer, plus fantastic eateries close by, it’s easy to see why!
The quarry car park can get busy during peak times, especially during the hours of 12pm and 3pm so you may want to plan ahead to ensure you make the most of your visit.
Why not book a fishing trip and take some time out with your friends or family on the open water, reeling in the freshest catch for your evening meal. Or book on to a sea life safari and explore the coast from a new perspective, potentially seeing dolphins and seals playing in their natural habitat!
If you’re feeling adventurous, Camel Ski School runs water sports activities on the estuary such as water-skiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, and even fun inflatable rides.
If sailing is your thing then Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club, founded in 1938, is located down the slipway opposite The Mariners. The Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre can also help out with lessons for complete beginners or those with more experience.
The renowned St Enodoc Golf Club overlooks the Camel Estuary and boasts two 18-hole courses. The Church Course has a reputation as one of UK’s finest links layouts, ranks 6th in Golf World’s England Top 100 and in 2018 was ranked 87th in the World Top 100.
Feeling peckish? Rock has an extensive choice of eateries, from pubs and takeaways to fine dining. One of the most notable is The Mariners by Paul Ainsworth and Sharp’s Brewery, which was named ‘Best Pub in Britain’ at the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2020.
Just around the corner from the Mariners is Porthilly, a quaint, sheltered cove that’s home to the 12th-century church of St Michael’s. Steeped in local history, it’s a delightfully calm, secluded spot in which to escape the busier parts of Rock in the summer months. Porthilly is also home to Rock Shellfish, run by the Marshall family, which produces some of the finest mussels and oysters in the world, supplied to some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Finally, a trip to Rock would not be complete if you didn’t hop on the ferry to Padstow but perhaps save that for another day entirely…
Postcode: PL27 6LD
LAT/LONG: 50.54435124402901, -4.923515466937554
Dog friendly: Yes, all year
Parking: Yes at the Quarry Car Park – Privately owned