Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall, UK

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Rock, Wadebridge, Cornwall, UK

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Rock – a jewel of North Cornwall

Smell the salt wash and shells as you wander Rock, one of North Cornwall's true delights. It meets the sea above the brackish waters of the Camel Estuary, the perfect launchpad for dinghy outings and sailing trips around the fabled coves of the Trevose Head Heritage Coast. Rock vacation rentals share their perch atop the harbors opposite Padstow with some of England's most coveted residences. They range from elegant refurbished cottages to self-catering family apartments with plenty of room to wash down the surfboards after hitting the swells of Polzeath.

Ride the waves in Rock

Get ready to splash in the Celtic Sea – Rock vacation rentals close to the coast can even come with direct access to the sands of Hayle Bay and Polzeath, where days can be spent riding the waves or kayaking between the limpet-speckled coves. Excursions – usually by boat – are also popular, whether it means donning the boots to hike the trails of the Cornish coast, or whizzing across to hearty local towns to take cooking lessons from the region's famous seafood chefs.

Rich Cornish heritage in Rock

You've hit the big time with Rock. It's famed for its jetsetter inhabitants – rumor has it that even English royalty holiday here. They don't come for nothing, though. The town is steeped in classic Cornish charm. Padstow, just across the bay, is a must. Its quaint boat moorings and Michelin-starred restaurants rub shoulders with lively seafood markets. Meanwhile, Polzeath beckons with its roaring waves, and the Trevose Head Heritage Coast is the place to go for blustery walks on wind-buffeted peninsulas above the Celtic Sea.

Sun cream at the ready for Rock

There's no doubt about it – Rock's best season is the summer. That's when you can hop out from the door of your Rock vacation rental and stroll straight to the local beachfront on the edge of the Camel River, and when you'll catch the enticing seafood joints and ale pubs in full swing. The high time starts around late June, with the beginning of the UK summer holidays, and ends with the closing days of August. Winter is reserved for those who like wild walks in the rain and roaring surf swells.

Clutching the Camel River in Rock

Gasps and wide eyes are the expression of choice for most first-time visitors to the handsome Camel Estuary where Rock makes its home. Sandy beaches that glow yellow and gold fringe the northern shores close to the town, spilling down into brackish lagoons of blue-green. On the coastline, where the North Cornish beaches begin in earnest, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in the Caribbean as you stalk the clifftops of the gorgeous Trevose Head Heritage area. Then there's wave-crashed Polzeath, where seals pop their heads above the swells and surfers hone their craft.