Rock is an exclusive enclave in North Cornwall, situated across the Camel estuary peering towards popular Padstow. Don’t be put off by the name of this upmarket destination, because it is actually really sandy. Its name is historical; it came from the quarry (now a car park) once used to provide ballast for ships sailing from Padstow Harbour.
The little town of Rock, near Wadebridge, now contains some of the most exclusive properties in Cornwall, with everything you could need on the doorstep. The waterfront is an enthusiast’s dream with a sailing club and a wide range of water sports available for all to enjoy.
The easiest way is by car, as Rock is just a 30-minute drive from the main A30 which cuts across the Cornish countryside. At junction 31 of the M5, take the A30 signposted to Bodmin and Okehampton. The last section of your journey takes in the A389 and the B3314 to Rock.
If you’re driving to North Cornwall in a plug-in electric vehicle, see our list of charging locations here.
By rail, the nearest station is Bodmin Parkway, which is about a 40-minute drive away from Rock. You can get a taxi there from Parnells Taxis (obtain a quote online). They also cover Newquay Airport should you decide to fly to Cornwall.
The airport is about 35-minutes’ drive away from Rock. Flights from London and other locations in the UK run during the summer months. Please check to see what flights are available at Newquay Airport.
Rock Quarry Car Park is operated by Ring Go. It has 126 spaces, and at the time of writing, costs £1.10 for an hour, or £5.50 for up to 5 hours. A week costs £50.00. The car park can be busy in summer but there is usually movement when the Padstow ferry arrives. There is some on-road parking but that usually means a half mile walk to the beach.
Rock is a foodie paradise alternative to Padstow.
Try Fee’s Food, deli and café for all occasions, with all you need to create a perfect picnic, Cornish – style. They offer freshly prepared quiches, sourdough and pastries but, better still, will also deliver them to holiday cottages. They also specialise in pies and curries, and donate £1 from each pie to the Wadebridge Foodbank, so ‘eating all the pies’ can only be beneficial. The Cornish food scene is exciting. Fee’s uses Cornish produce wherever possible, including the famous oysters and mussels from the estuary.
For something exotic, why not try The Tiny Thai in Wadebridge, for modern Thai street food at its best? It is a family-run business, serving really authentic Thai food, not adapted to western tastes. Wadebridge is around 15 minutes’ away by car.
For fine dining, perhaps The Mariners is the one, overlooking the turquoise water offering an all-day menu. Day visitors may fancy a cream tea or a drink on the terrace overlooking the boats as they glide on the water. It was relaunched in 2019 by Paul and Emma Ainsworth, championing the very best local ingredients. The Mariners used to be in partnership with chef, Nathan Outlaw, who has since relocated to Port Isaac.
Meanwhile, the St Enodoc Hotel has fine dining at Karrek and a brasserie (plus a spa), or try The Dining Room run by a local husband and wife team, popular with locals and visitors alike, and where your table is yours for the evening, so you can totally relax and enjoy.
Attracting famous names and even members of the royal family, renting a holiday home in Rock is something special. A ferry ride away from Padstow, this village has the ultimate in luxury holiday homes in Cornwall.