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Sandy beaches in North Cornwall

Rock is a North Cornwall fishing village opposite Padstow and has been dubbed 'Chelsea-on-Sea' because of the rich and famous that holiday here. You might expect a rocky inlet, but the coastal village actually has a lovely stretch of sandy beach. Rock is home to Sharp's Brewery which makes DoomBar ale, as well as artist Jethro Jackson, who works from his studio in the quiet hamlet of Porthilly.

Take to the water in Draymer Bay

Apart from surfing, you can try every watersport you can think of in Rock and Nearby Draymer Bay; including dinghy racing, sailing, canoeing, powerboating, waterskiing and windsurfing. If you'd rather stay on dry land, head to St Enodoc Golf Course, high on the sand dunes. Ranked in the top 100 golf courses in the world, the course has amazing sea and estuary views.

Ferry across the river to Padstow

The Black Tor Ferry will take you across the river to Padstow in 10 minutes. A mix of fisherman's cottages, merchant's houses, shops and cafes, the harbour town was made famous by TV chef Rick Stein and is a great place to eat fresh Cornish seafood. You can also learn about lobsters at the National Lobster Hatchery or get lost in history at Elizabethan country house, Prideaux Place. Planning a trip to Rock? Travelodge Wadebridge Hotel is less than 3 miles from the village, while Nearby Travelodge Bodmin Roche Hotel is located in one of Cornwall's oldest towns.