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Sunday, 18 September 2016

September Travels.

For September we had planned a 10 day visit to Rock, Cornwall, my ancestral home county. All my traceable ancestors prior to my grandmother came from a small village near Hayle and were copper and tin miners. When the mining industry collapsed in the mid-1800's much of the Cornish population emigrated to find hard rock mining elsewhere. They went all over the world to find work - Australia, USA, South America, Mexico and South Africa. There are communities today where you can still find Cornish pasties on the menu in the most unlikely places.

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.
There is a lovely beach front cafe in Rock called the The Blue Tomato [click on the name to view their website]. We called there for morning coffee and cakes last Sunday morning, and as well as our own, the waiter presented us with a menu just for the dog! This contained various flavoured dog chews, at just 30p. Unbelievably, when our lattes and cakes arrived, the dog chew was also served with a serviette on a plate. All very impressive.

The fabulous Blue Tomato Cafe at Rock
This customer also thought it was brilliant
The view from our table at The Blue Tomato
During the week we visited Padstow, Falmouth and Port Isaac, which is the village just 5 miles up the road that hosts the locations for the popular TV series Doc Martin. Also on the menu were lots of lovely coastal walks.

Padstow Harbour

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.
Port Isaac
Port Isaac
The sea entrance to Port Isaac
Another lovely visit was to Polzeath beach, a beautiful surfing beach which is also popular with a certain former UK Prime Minister, as can be seen below when he again visited in August this year. This image was published in national newspapers all over the world. My image - sat in exactly the same spot is only published here.

David Cameron sat on Polzeath Beach
Me sat on Polzeath Beach 3 weeks later
A fabulous holiday was had by all, and it is no wonder that Cornwall is such a popular holiday destination. The "visit Cornwall" website might be useful if you fancy a visit yourself.


  1. Peter it looks so nice I can't understand why you go to Spain. Or does it get bitter during the winter?

    1. Well, when we have visited Cornwall over the years it has always been later in the year and the weather has been like this every time. Spain last Winter was last year, this Winter's plans are very different.


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