Rock & St George’s Cove: cream teas, Cornish mizzle & post holiday blues

The last two days of our Cornish holiday were spent gorging on scones in Rock and lazing in the sunshine at St George’s Cove. I wish I’d taken a photo of the cream tea we had in Rock (another stunning fishing village in North Cornwall) because it brightened what was turning out to be a pretty grey and miserable day.

A fine rain was falling as we drove the short journey from our cottage in Wadebridge and by the time we arrived in Rock a thick mist was slowly enveloping everything in sight. In a weather-related grump, we took shelter in the Blue Tomato Cafe and tucked into a cream tea that was easily one of the best I’ve ever had. As I said, I wish I’d taken a photo, but my priorities were elsewhere as I wolfed down the warm homemade scone and thick Cornish cream within minutes seconds!

Don’t let the Cornish mizzle put you off spending an afternoon in Rock particularly if you’re interested in water sports or enjoy a relaxed afternoon on a sandy beach. Due to the poor weather on Wednesday, we decided to cut our trip short, but Rock is definitely a place that I’d like to return to someday (perhaps when the weather is a little brighter!).

Our final full day in Cornwall saw us heading over to St George’s Cove, a beautiful small beach just a short walk from Padstow and one that, in good weather, is clearly visible from Rock. The sun was shining (finally!) and as we’d so far failed to spend any significant time with our feet in the sand, we decided that Thursday had to be the day!

As families all around us wisely huddled against the cliffs for shelter (it might have been a sunny day but it definitely wasn’t a warm one!), we hammered our windbreaker into the sand and laid down our blankets. The crystal clear view of Rock from across the Camel Estuary (a dramatic change from the day before when we could barely see Padstow from our seats in the Blue Tomato Cafe), combined with the enticing turquoise-blue shade of the water and the light golden sand made St George’s Cove a blissful place to be.

We paddled our feet in the water, built sandcastles and ate Cornish pasties (again!), but eventually the cold wind got the better of us and we headed back to Padstow via a coastal walk that took us up to the war memorial at St Saviour’s Point and offered beautiful views across the Camel Estuary. I’m sure on a warmer day, St George’s Cove would be the perfect place for a spot of sunbathing and I’d highly recommend it if you’re looking for an attractive place to lay your beach towel.



On Friday, we headed home and (typically) this was the one day on our whole trip that we woke up to a gloriously blue, cloud-free sky. I often suffer with post-holiday blues (don’t we all?!) and I have to admit being stuck in delays on the motorway really tested my limits, but as I sat scrolling through my hoilday snaps, I realised how much we’d manage to do in just a week and in weather that was extremely changeable. Holidays are always special, whether they turn out to be what you expected or not, and I know this one – our first family holiday – will be remembered for so much more than the Cornish mizzle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our trip – I’ve certainly enjoyed sharing it with you. If you’re a travel blogger or you enjoy adding a little travel-related content to your blog, please do let me know – I’d love to hear about your adventures!

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