Archives for April 5, 2019

Noticeably famous for the ferry that joins them together, Rock and Padstow are two little seaside towns in north Cornwall. The Rock Inn is a family-run local restaurant right in the middle of all the fun and action. With so many things to do and see, such as the Camel Trail, Rock Beach and amazing watersport facilities, there is always something fun to fill your time with. If you have any ideas that we’ve missed, make sure to tell us.

  1. Ride the Camel Trail

One of the most popular cycle routes in the country, the Camel Trail is an 18-mile-long family favourite. Built along a disused railway line between Wenfordbridge, Bodmin, Wadebridge, and Padstow, the path is virtually level and mostly traffic free. It’s great ease of access and level terrain makes it perfect for cyclists and ramblers of all ages and abilities. The path is also dog friendly, making it a great family day out. You can hire bikes and accessories in Padstow with Padstow Cycle Hire. You can also print off a cycle route map here.

  1. Take a stroll along Rock Beach

Discover one of Cornwall’s best loved beaches, Rock beach. Beautiful sandy dunes cover the mile-long coastline, which can stretch all the way to Daymer bay at low tide. Rock beach also boasts beautiful, almost clear blue waters. The beautiful village of Rock has also been known as ‘Chelsea-on-sea’ due to its popularity amongst wealthy city types, celebrities and the odd royal. It is best to get in early as there is only one car park at Rock beach. Car park prices can be found here.

  1. Explore at the National Lobster Hatchery

The amazingly popular National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, is a marine conservation, research and education charity. Opened in August 2000, it is home to the European Lobster and has exhibitions following them from pregnancy, birth, to release in the wild.  It’s a great attraction for all the family, especially young curious minds. The centre has great disability access and facilities, including a lift and WC. Well behaved dogs are also welcome inside. Prices start from £1.83 with under 5’s go free. Full admission information can be found on their website.

  1. Seek Out in the Padstow Sealife Safari

Padstow Sealife Safaris are a local family business that have years of experience working at sea. They believe in observing the beautiful, sensitive wildlife without disturbing them in their natural habitat. An average tour can expect to see a number of different sights such as beautiful coastal views, the common dolphin, basking sharks, grey seals, puffins, and many more. There are four different services available: two-hour Sealife Safari Boat Trip, one-hour Seals Cave Experience, one-hour Coastal Power Boat Tour, and Skippered boat hire. All experiences have their own unique delights, leaving you with great memories. Pricing information can be found on their website.

  1. Take in some culture at Porthilly Gallery.

Gallery and studio to local artist Jethro Jackson, Porthilly Gallery celebrates the stunning paintings of the Cornish north coast. The beautiful space is found tucked away in a quiet lane in Rock. As well as showcasing Jackson’s latest works, Porthilly Gallery exhibits the work of Paul Jackson, Tim Andrews, Jack Doherty, and Hamish Mackie. Parking is available. More information about Jethro Jackson can be found on the gallery website.

  1. Celebrate ‘Obby ‘Oss Festival

The celebrations start May Day eve on April 30th when locals gather outside the Golden Lion Inn to sing the “Night Song.” The next day the town Is beautifully dressed, ready for the festival to truly begin. Two opposing ‘Obby ‘Osses (hobby horses) are paraded through the town whilst the locals referred to as “Mayers” sing “Morning Song”. The parade comes to halt at the Maypole in the evening after a day of celebration, before returning to their stables. The town becomes very busy this time of year and parking in the old town is closed to traffic. Park and Ride facilities are available. For more information see Visit Cornwall’s What’s On guide.

  1. Sink a Hole-in-one at St Enodoc Golf Club

Enodoc Golf Club is ranked the #1 golf club in Cornwall and #11 in England. Steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful scenery, Enodoc Golf Club holds two separate courses; Church course and Holywell course. Church course is the more advanced course for seasoned players. Enodoc’s Church course was the proud host of the 2014 Women’s Amateur Championships. Enodoc’s Holywell course is more suitable for the beginner to intermediate golfer. Enodoc Golf Club also comes complete with a practice ground, two putting greens, and an excellent clubhouse. The club does have a dress code it’s members need to adhere to. For more information and booking visit their website.

  1. Tickle Your Taste Buds at Padstow Brewing Co.

Padstow is proud to have its own name brand brewery. The Padstow Brewery Co. was established in 2013 and is home of the only head Brewster (female brewer) in Cornwall. Since it’s humble beginnings, the selection has quickly grown to boast a fine choice of beers, ales, IPA’s, and cider. The Padstow Brewery Co. shop offers great experiences. Brewery tours include a guided tour, tasting, beer gift pack, and 10% discount on purchases. There are also brewery experience days that include a full days’ brewing process, which you can be as hands on as you like, tea, coffee and pasty lunch, ample beer tastings and free t-shirt. Brewery experiences are on selected days only. For more information and to book online, visit their website.

  1. Catch a Whopper with Rock Fishing trips

Fancy your chances at reeling in the catch of day? Join Rodney and Jason on board the Optimus Prime Lochin 33. The father and son team have been running a successful charter boat business for over 10 years. Optimus Prime boasts a 275-horsepower ford sabre, with top speeds of 14 knots. There is also a private flush toiler on board.  With numerous affordable packages available, there will definitely be something for you. To book or find out more information, visit their website.

  1. Try Something New with Camel Ski School

A real highlight of any Cornish break. Camel Ski School offers fun for all the family. It’s a perfect experience for groups such as Hen and Stag parties, birthday parties etc. The staff are fully trained and have years of experience behind them. Enjoy an adrenaline filled day with activities from water-skiing to paddle boarding. Inflatable rides and charter boats are also available. For more information and package prices, visit their website.

If after all that excitement you’d like to find somewhere relaxed with amazingly fresh food, make a reservation for our incredibly popular evening service from 6pm. Call 01208 863498 to make a booking or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.

Like many of local Cornwall residents, at Rock Inn we love dogs. Dogs are always welcome with a couple of simple rules. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact for advice on our restrictions. We’ve put together a simple guide to some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Cornwall. If you have any more ideas or suggestions, let us know.

  • Daymer Bay

Daymer Bay Beach, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LA

Our close neighbour, Daymer Bay Beach is a beautiful little stretch of golden sand, perfect for families and their dogs. In 2015, Daymer Bay was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide for its excellent water quality. From the beautiful views of the Camel estuary and surrounding nature, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot for families and dog owners alike. There is a large carp just before the bay, which as of writing, costs £5 for the day. There is also a well sized café and shop adjacent to the car park. There are public toilets available, however at a charge. For more information check out Visit Cornwall.

  • Harlyn Bay Beach

Harlyn Bay Beach, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8SQ

Famous for being one of the safest beaches in Cornwall, Harlyn Bay Beach is a firm favourite with surfers, families, and four-legged friends alike. In 2015, Harlyn Bay Beach was also recommended by the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide for having excellent water quality. The beach boasts beautiful scenic views that are breath-taking on a sunny summer’s day. There are toilet and car parking facilities and also refreshments sold on the beach. During Easter and the summer, the RNLI are a reassuring presence and always happy to educate young and curious minds. For more information check out Visit Cornwall.

  • Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HY

Fistral Beach is the home of British surfing and a beautiful family favourite all year round. There are excellent facilities on offer to enjoy the day. If you fancy a shot at the waves, you can hire all manner of equipment and accessories at the Fistral Beach Surf School. Dogs will love exploring the rock pools and running along the vast coastline. After a run around you could wind down in the dog-friendly beach café. Fistral Beach is also disability friendly, with disabled toilets and a sand chair available from the Fistral Beach Surf Shop. There is a 250-space car park with charges varying throughout the year. For more information check out Visit Cornwall.

  • Dollar Cove, near Gunwalloe

Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe, Helston, TR12 7QE

Dollar Cove is the common name for Jangye-Ryn beach, just northwest of Gunwalloe’s Church Cove. Dollar cove is famous for being the alleged site of a late 18th century shipwreck. Legend has it that a Spanish treasure ship full of silver dollars wrecked on the beach, scattering the bounty. The site is also more recently famous for being a location on the BBC drama, Poldark. Dollar Cove is dog-friendly all year round. However, make sure you are at the correct cove, the adjoining church cove and Poldhu Cove have seasonal dog bans. Approximately 100 yards away there is a sizeable National Trust run car park. National Trust members can park for free. There are also refreshments available from the local farm, where public toilets are also located. For more information, check out National Trust.

  • Great Western Beach

Great Western Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NE

Great Western Beach is so named due to the Great Western Railway line that was popular between 1876 and 1960. This amazing direct access to such a great beach attraction made Great Western Beach in Newquay a firm favourite for the whole family. Well behaved dogs and owners are allowed all year round, with spare doggy bags available from the surf shop office. It’s worth checking the tide times, as to get the most out of the beach it is best to go at low tide. There is a public car park located near the Railway Station. There are also public toilets and refreshment facilities available. For more information, visit Great Western Beach.

Top Tips

Treating the furry member of the family to a run along a beach can be a great way to spend a family day out. These top tips will make sure you’ll have a fun and safe day.

  • Always take plenty of doggy bags for your perfect pooch. Not only will you be certain to use them yourself, no doubt a fellow dog owner will forget or run out of their own.
  • It may be worth investing in the Cornish invention, Dicky Bag. Not every beach will have bins to pop the poop in and this handy invention will store the bag until you can find suitable disposal. It boasts inbuilt odour preventing devices and is great storage for bags.
  • Be prepared for things you will need during the day. Make sure you have a bottle of fresh water, a stash of dry treats, and a towel. You’ll thank yourself when it’s time to go home and you’ve got a wet backseat full of sand.
  • Always keep your four-legged friend close by and within eye-sight. It only takes a second for something to go wrong and for them to end up in a dangerous situation.

After you’ve spent the day running around with your furry friend, you’re going to need a hearty, filling, quality tasting dinner to finish the day. Make a reservation for our locally famous evening service from 6 pm. Call 01208 863498 to book a table or if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can fill in our table enquiry form and one of our team will call you back as soon as possible.