Sir John Betjeman Walk, Rock
Start & Finish Point: Rock Quarry Car Park – PL27 6LD (Directions)
Sir John Betjeman Walk is a gentle walk through dunes noted for their wildlife, beside the beautiful beaches lining the bank of the River Camel. Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman moved here towards the end of his life, and he is buried in the churchyard of the tiny St Enodoc Church, pictured above.
Once almost buried in the sands, the chapel now stands amid the fairways of St. Enodoc Golf Course. Overshadowed by Brea Hill, and nestling among the sand dunes above Daymer Bay, this charming chapel comes as unexpected find for many visitors.
The walk features an optional detour to the holy well used by the Welsh hermit Enodoc to baptise his converts. An excellent walk for children (but keep them on the footpath across the golf course!)
- From the Rock Quarry car park take the path at the far end, on the estuary side, and go through into the dunes to pick up the South West Coast Path heading to your right, above the beach and towards the sea.
- When the path forks, bear left, to carry on above the water towards Brea Hill.
- As you approach Brea Hill, various paths head away around the back of it on your right, and down to the beach on your left, but ignore these and carry on along the path around the front of the hill, climbing gently over its lower slopes. From here keep going around the shoreline towards Trebetherick. As you near the beach at Daymer Bay (a dog friendly beach), a path snakes downhill onto the sand. A detour via this path takes you down over some fascinating rocks, and from there you can head across the beach to the car park at the far end. If you opt to stay on the path above the beach, follow it to the car park at the far end of the beach.
- In the car park turn right and go through onto Daymer Lane. Carry on along this road for a short distance until you come to the private road on your right, with the footpath signposted to St Enodoc Church.
- Follow the lane between the houses and onto the little footpath beyond, leading out onto the heath. Stay with the path, ignoring the paths that cross yours and the others that fork from it, until you get to St Enodoc Church, on your left, about a quarter of a mile beyond Daymer Lane.
- It is a small detour up to the church, where Sir John Betjeman’s grave is on the right just after the gate. Take advantage of the seating dotted around the churchyard to enjoy the estuary views which so inspired him.
- When you come to the footbridge, carry on along the tarmac drive through the golf course, which will bring you eventually to a small path which leads to Jesus Well, where Enodoc lived and baptised his converts.
- From the well retrace your steps to the drive, this time taking the lane opposite, which heads south towards the estuary, turning right onto the road at the bottom to return to the car park.
- For a shorter route back from the footbridge, without a detour to Jesus Well, pick up the waymarked footpath which returns to the car park via the golf course. Take care to stay on the path which is marked out with white stones, and be on your guard throughout for flying golf balls.
- When you reach the road, turn right and then right again to return to the car park.