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Jubilee Queen from Padstow

Things to do around Daymer Bay

A few places to eat:

Mowhay Gallery restaurant and cafe
Trebetherick, Tel. 01208 863 634
At the top of Daymer Lane is the pretty, Mowhay Gallery  restaurant and cafe.  This is a very attractive restaurant full of interesting arts and crafts with a rustic and cosy atmosphere. There is outdoor space in the garden for sunny days. Great to stroll up to for a pastry and coffee, freshly produced locally sourced cornish cuisine and speciality nights.

The Mariners
Rock, Tel. 01208 863679
This bar and restaurant overlooks the sea at Rock and is very pleasant for a lunchtime drink on the terrace or dinner in the restaurant in the evening.

Burridge's at Rock
Ferry Point, Rock. Tel. 01208 869399.
Burridges is a cosy, family-run place with fantastic views across to Padstow from the terrace and from window tables. Chef Tim Burridge and his wife Tina serve up fresh homemade food à la carte in the evenings and have a loyal following among both locals and holiday-makers. Try Tim's Cornish seafood chowder, or the 'supreme of John Dory provençale'. In summer you can have a lighter lunch or tea on the terrace, and really appreciate the view.

L'Estuaire
Rock Road, Rock. Tel. 01208 862622.   
Formerly the Black Pig, L'Estuaire is now a defiantly French restaurant run by Olivier and Emma Davoust-Zingari. This is a calm, sophisticated establishment open for set lunches or a full-blown à la carte experience - French cuisine at its best. Shades of caramel, biscuit and cappuccino in the decor set the mood for relaxation continental-style. Olivier has worked with Raymond Blanc and Michael Caines, and describes his style as ‘gastromonique’. Everything is made in-house and the menu evolves with the seasons. One to watch.

St Enodoc Hotel (Nathan Outlawa Michelin chef)
Rock, Tel. 01208 863394
Have a special treat and dine in this lovely  restaurant high above the water with spectacular views.

St Kew Inn
St Kew, Tel. 01208 841259
Approximately five miles from Daymer - this is a wonderful old pub in winter and summer with open fire and great food.

Dining in Padstow
Catch a ferry from Rock to Padstow for a browse around the interesting shops and art galleries followed by lunch or supper at one of the many seafood restaurants/pubs, including Rick Stein's and return on water taxi or ferry.

Other choices include

  • Collect fish and chips from Rock or Polzeath and dine alfresco on the beach/cliffs
  • Visit Daymer stores at the top of Daymer Lane for home cooked ready meals
  • Organise home delivery from Tescos
  • Jaws take away pizza

Beaches:

Beaches from The Camel Estuary up the coast along one of the longest stretches of National Trust Coastline in Britain.

Rock beach
Located on the Camel Estuary, it is the centre for sailing, deep sea fishing, water skiing, banana boating and catching the ferry to Padstow
Daymer Bay
A very child friendly warm beach with safe swimming for children and some of the best windsurfing in Britain.
Polzeath
A tremendous surfing beach and safe, with plenty of space to picnic and wonderful walks either round to Daymer Bay to the left or out to Pentire Point on the right. Surf board hire and surf lessons available
Lundy Bay (and Epphaven next door)
Beautiful walk down to remote and spectacular beach, best with tide out. The carpark is located on road to New Polzeath.
Port Quin
Beautiful inlet with spectacular walk around to Port Isaac. Home of the adventure sports company Coasteering.
Port Isaac
The quintessential cornish fishing village.
Port Gaverne
Small almost uninhabitated inlet with the prestigious small Port Gaverne Hotel(Pub).
Tregardock
Spectacular west facing beach with significant walk down from Tregardock Farm-dangerous to swim but ideal for the adventurous.
Trebarwith Strand
Another spectacular west facing beach with nice pub overlooking beach.

Walks

Bars House to Brae Hill, Daymer Bay
Walk across Daymer Beach and climb Brae Hill for a wonderful sunset, or a less arduous walk around it.

Bars House to Rock
Either walk across Daymer Bay when the tide is out, or across the golf course, and catch the ferry from Rock to Padstow.

Bars House to Polzeath
Walk through the Daymer Bay carpark around the cliff to Polzeath with a spectacular view of Pentire.

Pentire Farm
Drive to Pentire Farm (above New Polzeath) and park in the farmyard. walk out to the spectacular Rumps and then out to Pentire, and back towards Polzeath, cutting up through the valley to the farm carpark.

Cliff walk: Port Isaac to Port Quin and back over the fields:
The walk on this stretch of the Coastal Path is breathtaking in more than one way.  The views are  absolutely fantastic and present the ruggedness that is so often associated with Cornwall.  The walk is challenging and one must not be afraid to climb more than a few steps. The rewards outweigh the effort as you will be left with some stunning memories.  Arriving in Port  Quin, have a rest and a cup of tea from the thermos and then walk up the lane and take left to follow the more relaxing walk home.  Once you have crossed several fields there is an access path across the wooded valley that delivers you eventually back in Port Isaac. 

For a longer walk carry on past Port Quin and follow the path to Pentire Point.  At low tide, stunning sandy beaches appear at Lundy Bay and Ephaven.  After circumnavigating the rumps on the end of Pentire Point you can double back into New Polzeath.  Hopefully you'll have remembered to organise transport back to Port Isaac!

Bodmin Moor walk
Drive past the pretty town of Camelford and take the road to Roughtor and walk up the Tor,there are also many attractive areas such as Crowdy Marsh resevoir.

Activities

Walk or hire bikes on the Camel Trail
The old railway line between Wadebridge & Padstow has been transformed into the famous "Camel Trail" and makes a wonderful day out for all the family with hire bicycles that can cater for every size and combination(tandems!) and are available from either Wadebridge or Padstow.The trail meanders along the edge of the Camel Estuary and offers an easy ride of approx 7mls with wonderful views.

Wine Tasting: Camel Valley Winery
An excellent tour of this award winning vineyard and winery. The tour is informative and ends in a great tasting with views over the vines.  Camel Valley have won the International Wine Challenge award for best rose sparkling wine beating even the big champagne names!
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St Kew Golf Course
St. Kew Highway, Bodmin, PL30 3EF - 01208 841500
This 18 hole golf course is the nearest.  It is not the most challenging but it is well run and the owners are friendly to newcomers.

St Enodoc
Wadebridge PL27 6LD, 01208 863 216
The more classic St Enodoc is accessed from Rock and is both challenging and well situated.  There are two 18 hole courses: the Holywell course is more leisurely and the Church course is more demanding. This is a wonderful golf course with outstanding views of the Camel Estuary..

Bowood Park Hotel and Golf Course

Lanteglos, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9RT 01840 213017
Incredible scenery makes this a popular choice.

Speak to the fishermen about fishing trips and scenic boat tours - they do offer these services but they'll be subject to weather conditions. Finally, don't forget one of the most enjoyable activities is to sit on the terrace with a drink of your choice and watch the world go by.  If Doc Martin is not being filmed, or the world famous 'Fisherman's Friend's' are not singing on the Platt, then at least the steady flow of the tide is guaranteed to entertain.

  • Horse riding lessons at Tall Trees, Davidstow
  • Cycle the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow, wonderful views and fun for all the family
  • Hire a cornish shrimper from Rock
  • Waterskiing/banana boating at Rock
  • Coasteering at Port Quin
  • Carruan farm near Polzeath for Sunday roast and look at animals
  • Go Karting near Wadebridge
  • Wadebridge Cinema
  • Relish Cafe won award in Wadebridge
  • Deep Sea Fishing at Rock
  • Surfing at Polzeath
  • Cowshed spa at St Moritz above Bars House at the top of Daymer Lane