However, my ancestors answered a call from the coal mine owners of the Lancashire coalfield who were at the time trying to beat a general strike, and my great grandfather was brought up to Manchester as a child where his family mined coal. In fact, looking on censuses of the time there were whole communities of coal miners who were born in Cornwall living next door to each other all the way along streets of Northern terraced houses.
Nowadays my younger brother owns the most beautiful holiday rental property in the now very upmarket village of Rock and this is where we spent our holiday. We have been many times previously, but it was completely refurbished for 2015 and is now extra special. It's location is excellent, being only 1 mile from the beach and ferry to Padstow, next door to a delicatessen, Spar grocers and classy fish and chip shop, and next but one to a fabulous bakery store and family butcher.
Best of all it is located within a short walk to the very lovely Pityme Inn [click name to view their website], which we visited every day before evening dinner for a pint or two of St. Austell Tribute hand pulled draught pale ale.
We drove down a week last Thursday and arrived home today after having the most beautiful warm sunny weather more or less every day of our visit. We met friends there who own a brown Labrador, and this whole area is so dog friendly it is almost unbelievable.
We took the passenger ferry Black Tor from Rock Beach to Padstow, and without a lie, nearly every visitor there had a dog in tow. All cafes and coffee shops welcomed them, and fresh drinking water for them was provided everywhere.
|The Rock to Padstow ferry on Rock beach collection point £4 return, dogs free.|
|Rock Beach - dog friendly of course|
|Towards Quarry Car Park, Rock and the ferry.|
|Our beautiful bungalow at Rock.|
|The fabulous Blue Tomato Cafe at Rock|
|This customer also thought it was brilliant|
|The view from our table at The Blue Tomato|
|The streets of Padstow|
|The River Camel Estuary from Padstow|
|Padstow low tide ferry point|
|Falmouth Main Street.|
|Port Isaac (Port Wenn in Doc Martin)|
|Doc Martin's house is in this view.|
|The sea entrance to Port Isaac|
|David Cameron sat on Polzeath Beach|
|Me sat on Polzeath Beach 3 weeks later|