Travel & parking in Rock, Cornwall

Date Posted: 14 Aug 2023

The little town of Rock, near Wadebridge, has plenty of appeal. As with the majority of trips to Cornwall, most visitors will drive to Rock. 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, or Newquay Airport is just over half an hour away by car.

Once in Rock you’ll soon become aware of its size, so travelling on foot is all that’s required. However, you can catch the short trip across the water by ferry to Padstow if you want the vibrant buzz of the town across the river. Operated by Blacktor Ferry, hop onboard You from the slipway on Rock Beach, for a leisurely ten-minute ride across the Camel, where you can wander the charming streets, and pop into the independent shops or book a meal at the fabulous restaurants.

Parking in Rock

Rock Quarry Car Park is operated by Ring Go. It has 126 spaces, but as you can imagine during the summer months it gets very busy. In high season, when this car park is full there is an overflow car park, which is 1/4 mile up Rock Road opposite the Institute/Gallery.

Rock Quarry car park prices

Up to 1 hour costs £1.10, 2 hours costs £2.75, 4 hours costs £4, and up to 5 hours costs £5.50. A week of parking costs £50.00.

There is some on-road parking but that usually means a half mile walk down to the beach.

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