Walking from Rock to Polzeath

Uber cool Rock has views across the estuary of Padstow and out to sea. As you venture further towards Polzeath, you will see the crystal blue waters you’d expect to see in a tropical paradise which eventually gives way to the expansive beach adored by both locals and visitors to Cornwall. 

You can fuel up before the walk by trying out one of Rock’s delightful restaurants, whether it’s The Mariners by Paul Ainsworth or a pizza at The Rock Pizza Company. If you’d rather reward yourself once you get to Polzeath, we recommend The Cracking Crab, located on the clifftop overlooking the beach. Here you can enjoy fresh fish or steaks or simply enjoy a pint of local lager or a glass of wine whilst taking in the view.

The Essentials: 

  • Where: North Cornwall. Set PL27 6FD in your sat nav and this will take you to Rock Beach Car Park where you will see the start of the coastal path.
  • When: Year round! Rock is busy in the summer though and parking can be challenging.
  • Cost: Absolutely free apart from the cost of a parking ticket and the statutory Cornish Ice Cream that you may wish to indulge in!
  • Who: Suitable for all the family although due to the nature of the small coastal paths which are often bumpy and steep, you should be of reasonable fitness.
  • How long does it take: For the brisk hiker, you can do the round trip in around 2.5 hours. For those who like to stroll and take in the scenery, probably 3-4 hours.
  • When’s best to go: We love the summer because you’ve got the chance to get a nice sun tan whilst taking in the breathtaking views, however, stormy winter days also add a more rugged element to the route!

This is roughly a 10 mile round trip alongside the Camel Estuary and out towards the stunning North Coast sea. You can park in Rock’s newly reconstructed car park and enjoy the walk through the sand dunes with lovely views across to Padstow. As the estuary mouth widens and reaches the sea, you will notice the imposing Brea Hill in the distance. For the less energetic, you can enjoy the coastal path around the base of the hill but if possible we highly recommend that bit of extra effort to climb to the top of the hill where you will be rewarded with the most stunning of views across the estuary.

From Brea Hill, you will descend towards the popular beach of Daymer Bay where you can enjoy a light lunch or well needed drink at the popular beach cafe before you embark on the final stretch to Polzeath. The coastal path from Daymer to Polzeath shows off the rugged Cornish cliffs in all their glory before you reach the ever popular surfers paradise at trendy Polzeath. We think you deserve a spot of lunch after your walk and you can enjoy fresh seafood at the Cracking Crab on Tristram cliff or a walk across the beach to New Polzeath will reward you with the stunning street food on offer from the Taco Boys.

If you are interested in more of our favourite walking destinations in Cornwall take a look at our article, Colliford Lake to Jamaica Inn where you will find a more challenging hike!

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