Situated on the rugged north coast of Cornwall, Rock stands on the beautiful Camel estuary opposite the old fishing port of Padstow. About 5 miles from Wadebridge, and only a couple of miles from Daymer Bay and the surfing beach at Polzeath, the white sand beaches are renound. In July 2003, the Sunday Times Travel Section voted Daymer Bay as one of the "Six Best Beaches in the World".
With miles of white sandy beaches on both sides of the estuary it is a wonderful place to spend time throughout the year. Rock is an ideal location to sail, windsurf, water-ski and canoe on the relatively sheltered waters of the estuary, as well as to enjoy beautiful walks and play golf on the two spectacular links courses of the St.Enodoc Golf Club, which is listed amongst the top 100 courses in Britain.
Rock is particularly well served with shops, including its own fabulous baker and butcher, fish-monger, delicatessen, post office, garage(fuel), doctor's surgery and paper shop. These are all within walking distance from Seamist. Please note the opening times of the shops which tend to open early but some do close for an hour over lunch.
Sailing and Waterskiing
Rock is the main hub for boating activities in the Summer. Sailing and Waterskiing are two very popular activities on the estuary. Sailing boats for hire and tuition are available at Camel Sailing School. Waterskiing can be arranged through the Camel Ski School. Both are located on Rock beach. You may apply to Rock Waterski and Sailing Club to join as a temporary member if you wish.
Fishing and Crabbing
Fishing trips for mackerel and sea bass run from the pontoon on Rock beach. Crabbing from the pontoon can be just as much
fun for children too.
Padstow, the thriving fishing port just a short ferry ride across the estuary from Rock, is famous for its seafood and increasingly for its restaurants as well as Cornish pasties. The surrounding area is one of outstanding natural beauty with many beautiful beaches. The foot ferry runs continuously during daylight hours and a water taxi can be ordered for evening trips, so an evening out at one of Padstow's restaurants becomes easy and fun. Speedboat trips and sightseeing boat rides run from Padstow's harbour. Padstow also has great shopping and is definitely worth a visit. There is a bank and a pharmacy too.
Walkers can enjoy easy access to the stunning 630 mile long South West Coast Footpath which runs right along the beach at Rock. This world-famous walk allows you to explore the spectacular rugged scenery of the South West. The coastal path allows dogs too. If you prefer, you can explore the woods, rivers and moor-land all within a short drive of Rock. Drive to Pentire Point and park and enjoy an exhilarating and beautiful walk along the coast to the Rumps and as far as Port Isaac and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Cyclists cannot fail to enjoy the miles of disused railway track – known as the Camel Trail –which runs from Bodmin, through the town of Wadebridge, to Padstow. Hiring bikes locally, from mountain bikes to tandems, could not be easier at several locations in Padstow and Wadebridge and is a must that can be enjoyed by all the family. For the keener cyclist there are countless quiet country lanes to explore.