CORNWALL HOLIDAYS: ROCK
Loved by Sir John Betjeman, north Cornwall is a place of empty golden beaches, stunning surf and some incredible places to eat and drink
“The golden and unpeopled bay, The shadowy cliffs and sheep-worn ways, The white unpopulated surf, The thyme-and-mushroom scented turf….” (Sir John Betjeman 'Delectable Duchy' 1974)...
The words of the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman so beautifully encapsulate the North Cornish landscape. You can’t help but be inspired to get off the beaten track and explore the lesser-known areas for yourself. Latitude50 live and breathe the very same coast and their beautifully positioned range of holiday houses provides the ideal base for those wishing to do exactly this.
The village of Rock is a popular tourist destination and rightly so. It has a lot to offer with its rich sailing culture, world-class golf course and nautically-inspired shops and restaurants. For those seeking something off the beaten track then there’s no need to go far. Take a stroll at low tide around the headland to a huge expanse of golden sand with rolling dunes and you will have found Daymer Bay.
On a calm day, Daymer’s gently sloping sands and tranquil waters are perfect for a beach day with family or friends. But when the wind rushes in, Daymer transforms into a wind sports paradise, where a brisk wintery walk will be guaranteed to blow the cobwebs well away whilst the coloured sails fly along beside you. Daymer Bay is a privately-owned beach meaning your four-legged friends can tire themselves out on the beach and the dunes all year round (and it is guaranteed that they will)! From Daymer Bay you can look to the mouth of the Camel Estuary where you will find a unique beauty that can only be found where estuary meets sea. You will also be able to see waves crashing on the legendary Doom Bar. This sandbar was given its name as a result of a local legend which tells the story of a mermaid who fell in love with a local man and tried to lure him beneath the waves. He escaped by shooting her and her final act was to throw a handful of sand towards Padstow, from which the sandbank grew.
While enjoying space and calm you can be reassured that you are never too far away from civilisation when needed. Just up the hill you will find the village of Trebetherick (where John Betjeman spent his summers and fell in love with the North Cornish coast). Betjeman is buried at the atmospheric St Enodoc Church which can be seen to the east of Daymer Bay.
For a different slice of North Cornwall head to Polzeath which has quickly become a surfers’ haven with its world famous surfing beach and its beachy hustle and bustle. However, if you are looking for something a little quieter, Polzeath’s next-door neighbour, New Polzeath will give you just that. Only minutes along the coastal path - or across Polzeath beach at low tide - New Polzeath is made up of a range of stunning, modern surfer-type houses with superb views.
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For those looking for their own little piece of Cornish paradise, there is Baby Bay which is just a minute’s walk down the footpath from New Polzeath. What it lacks in size it makes up in beauty and out of season you will often be able to treat this as your own private beach with not another soul around.
You just need to look out of your window in New Polzeath to assess the surf conditions but towards the back is a whole other world to discover: The National Trust coast path takes in the spectacular Pentire Point and the Rumps which is arguably one of the most beautiful walks in the world. On a clear day you will be treated with breathtaking views of Stepper Point to the south with Doyden and Tintagel Castle to the north. You will be rewarded by a carpet of flowers in spring; grey seals can be seen all year round and if you are lucky peregrine falcons often seen on this stretch of the coast.