ROCK (Cornish : Pennmeyn) is a coastal fishing village in
* 1 Geography
* 1.1 Rock Dunes
* 2 Toponymy * 3 Tourism * 4 References * 5 External links
The main residential area is set back from the coast along the road from Pityme and St Minver. To the northeast, Rock is contiguous with the settlements of Splatt and Pityme. STOPTIDE is a southern extension of Rock. Rock is best known for its estuary frontage. To the northwest, the road runs beside the estuary as a cul de sac giving access to the ferry boarding point and an intertidal beach backed by sand dunes which at low water extend for two miles past Brea Hill to Daymer Bay . To the south is the small coastal settlement of Porthilly with St Michael's Church situated on the bank of Porthilly Cove.
Rock Dunes, sand dunes to the west of the village on the banks of the River Camel , are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for their flora and geology . These include various vegetation found in these embryo dunes as well as various types of slate .
The original name recorded in 1303 was Penmayn, Cornish for the end
or head of stones. An alternative, Blaketorre, Black Tor, is found in
1337. This had become Black Rock by the 18th century and was
subsequently shortened to Rock. The name of the ferry that operates
between Rock and
Rock is popular with holidaymakers and is a well-established centre
for water sports including dinghy racing , waterskiing , windsurfing ,
and sailing . Rock
The Black Tor Ferry operates across the river to the town of Padstow , and this is a major source of tourist traffic through Rock. The early 21st century has seen extensive building work and increased prosperity for Rock, there a large number of holiday homes, as well as a number of retail outlets. Rock is also home to Sharp\'s Brewery , a real ale brewery established as an independent in the mid 1990s, but taken over by Molson Coors in 2011 to secure the Doom Bar bitter brand.
Rock has been referred to as 'Britain's
* ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : LIST OF
PLACE-NAMES AGREED BY THE MAGA SIGNAGE PANEL. Cornish Language
* ^ "Must see fishing villages in Cornwall". Travel Daily News.
Retrieved 13 May 2015.