Padstow to Rock Swim

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Swim one mile from Padstow to Rock, across the Camel Estuary, and raise money for charity.


 A massive £54,372 has been raised so far from the 2014 swim - a FANTASTIC figure.


Congratulations to all our wonderful swimmers who took part in the 2014 swim - what a wonderful day it was. 


2015 swim date:  Sunday 12th July 2015 on the mid-afternoon tide;  registration will open from 12 noon on Tuesday 3 February 2015 via the Marie Curie website:


We expect places to be snapped up (almost) as quickly as Glastonbury tickets, so please make a note in your diary NOW.

2014 swim

 A great swim in near-perfect conditions.  An earlier tide, so not such a high tide, sunshine and very little wind combined to give swimmers some of the easiest conditions for a number of years.  The corporate team from Padstow Brewing Company beat the mighty Sharp's Brewery team in the hard-fought corporate challenge, taking the Hawkins Trophy for endeavour!  Word has it there will be a further team taking part in the corporate challenge in 2016 - look out Padstow Brewing Company!

 Pictures from the 2014 swim are on our Facebook page - feel free to add your own.

2013 swim

The swim was once again a huge success, despite the deceptively difficult swim conditions. So far over £47,000 has been raised, with more money coming in.

This year saw the introduction of a new, corporate challenge. A swim team of three from Sharp's Brewery battled it out against a team from The Seafood restaurant. It was a close contest but Sharp's managed to pip their rivals at the post, congratulations to them!

We understand that next year there will be a third corporate challenger to take on the mighty Sharp's. Who could that be?

See our Facebook page for pictures - feel free to post your own!


 2012 Swim

 “Fantastic, unbelievable , amazing, and a huge thank you to everyone involved”  These were the words of Peter Tamblin, the  Chairman and Co-ordinator of the Padstow to Rock swim, at the recent photo call, to celebrate achieving the record total of £50,322 pounds for the 2012 Swim, which will go directly to Marie Curie Cancer Care in Cornwall.

Peter went on to say that this was a real team effort, centred on a tireless Committee who work throughout the year to ensure the Swim runs smoothly.  The Committee is helped by literally dozens of volunteers and other organisations who give both their time and support.

Add to this our three sponsors, Sharp’s Brewery, the Seafood Restaurant, the Metropole hotel, and we have a pretty formidable team.  This of course,  would all be to no avail without the Swimmers, both in taking up the challenge of the Swim, and in raising huge amounts of money through personal sponsorship.

With the generous support of our three main sponsors, all of the money raised by the swimmers will go directly to the Cornwall Nursing Appeal for Marie Curie, so that they can continue to provide much needed support for terminally ill patients here in Cornwall.


The Padstow to Rock Swim is one of only a handful of UK Open Water swims that anyone can enter. It aims to raise substantial sums for charity, while providing a safe and challenging event for all entrants. It provides highly-organised support and safety cover, allowing first-time open-water swimmers the chance to take on the challenge of outdoor swimming. Since 2007 the swim has raised over £150,000 for charity.



Bring your family and friends to cheer you on and enjoy the entertainment at the start and finish. It is also a great event to watch. The swimmers leave from the Padstow slipway outside the Sailing Club/Sea Cadet Unit at the start of the Camel Trail and swim to the RNLI slipway on Rock Beach. A bar and BBQ are open to everyone at the finish in Rock, to provide time and space to exchange swimming stories, rest the limbs and feed the soul!

The Padstow to Rock Swim is all about raising money for charity. Our chosen Charity partner is Marie Curie Cancer Care, an organisation which provides Marie Curie Nurses who care for terminally ill patients and their families. The swim will raise money for their Cornwall Nursing Appeal.

Perhaps you don't fancy swimming but would like to help out? Then we'd be delighted to hear from you! Please get in touch using the Contact Us page.


Switch to our Facebook page for latest updates and more photos of the 2013  and 2014 swim 

Essential Info

The date for the 2015 swim is Sunday 12th July 2015

The swim will again raise money for the Cornwall Nursing Appeal for Marie Curie Cancer Care


If you weren't lucky enough to gain entry this year you may wish to keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for details of the 2015 event. Thank you!



© Padstow Rock Swim Organising Committee 2014