- Rock, Cornwall
Rock is a village in
Cornwall, England, UK, located at the estuaryon the North-Eastern bank of the River Camel.
Rock is a popular destination for tourists and holidaymakers. The principal attractions are the extensive sandy beach that, at low tide, extends past
Brea Hillto Daymer Bayand St Enodoc's Church, along with a great many watersports. The Camel Estuary lends itself well to windsurfing, sailing, boating and fishing. There is a well-known sailing Club on the waterfront. There is also an annual swimming race across the Camel.
Black Tor Ferryoperates across the river to the larger town of Padstow, and this is a major source of tourist traffic through Rock. The early 21st century has seen extensive building work and increased prosperity for Rock, there a large number of holiday homes, as well as a number of retail outlets. Rock is also home to Sharp's Brewery, an independent Real AleBrewery established in the mid 1990s.
Rock has been referred to as 'Britain's
Saint-Tropez' [http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv_and_radio/story/0,,2010986,00.html The Guardian, Gareth McClean's 'Watch This'] and the 'Kensington of Cornwall' [ [http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/ukcorrespondents/hometruths/oct/polzeath.htm The Kensington of Cornwall : October 2007 : Home Truths : UK : Telegraph Blogs ] ] due to its popularity with the very affluent and upper-classholiday-makers, including the third in the line of succession to the British Throne, Prince Harryand what the Daily Telegraphcalls 'Hoorays'. Popular names such as Hugh Grant, the Rothschilds, the Sainsburys, the Freuds, the Al Fayeds,and Harry Enfieldhave also holidayed here.Affluent holidaymakers, including Mohamed Al-Fayedand Jay Kayof Jamiroquai, have made use of the nearby helipad . [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/2007/06/23/prock123.xml Rock on - Telegraph ] ]
It is now home to some fancy boutiques and upscale restaurants including one, the Black Pig, which has a
The name Rock is said to originate from the rock
quarry, which is now a car park, used as a source of ballast for sailing boats which had dropped off cargo at Padstow.
The name Camel comes from the
Cornish languagefor "crooked one" [A Dictionary of English Place-Names, OUP, 1991] , a reference to its winding course. Thus although the Rock Sailing and Waterski club photo below uses a DromedaryCamel as their logo, this is slightly misleading.
* [http://www.thisisnorthcornwall.com/rock.html About Rock]
* [http://www.rswsc.co.uk Rock Sailing and Waterski Club]
* [http://www.viewsofcornwall.com/viewphotoplace/119/ Photographs of Rock on ViewsOfCornwall.com]
* [http://www.westcountryviews.co.uk/coastal/rock/rock.htm Photographs of Rock on WestCountryViews.co.uk]
* [http://www.rockrowingclub.co.uk Rock Rowing Club]
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