Rock could hardly be less appropriately named as its popularity is largely due to the long stretches of fine sandy beaches washed by the tidal waters of the Camel estuary. Rightly acclaimed as one of the major watersports centres in Cornwall with sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing. Visit Camel Ski School to book a wide variety of water sporting activities.
The name Rock is thought to have originated from the rock quarry which was used as a source of ballast for sailing boats that had off loaded their cargo at Padstow harbour. There are several reasons why tourists are attracted to Rock, from the long fine sandy beach that, at low tide, continues round Brea Hill to the crescent bay at Daymer, to the vast range of water sports that are catered for. Not to mention the five star food and accommodation that can be found at Rock.
The South West Coast Path can be accessed just by the ferry slipway and from here you can walk to Polzeath, Lundy Bay, Port Quinn and beyond. There is a fabulous circular walk from Rock which takes in the stunning views along Daymer Bay to the 15th century St Enodoc church with it’s amazing views across the estuary. Here you will find the grave of the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. From here there is a path across St Enodoc Golf Course back to Rock. (Please remember to follow the white path markers as instructed). On exiting the golf course you will find yourself at the far end of Rock with views of Porthilly Beach and from there, a pleasant walkway back to the ferry.
The Black Tor ferry runs from Rock to Padstow all year round during daylight hours and there is a Water Taxi which provides an evening service from Easter until the end of October.