If watching the swashbuckling series of Poldark has made you fall in love with all things Cornish, then you may be considering a trip down to the South West during the summer to see some of the stunning Poldark filming locations for yourself. This latest adaptation of the Winston Graham novel, himself a former resident of Cornwall, has thrilled viewers with its sweeping tale of romance, shipwrecks and tin mining; and we’re sure that eager fans are going to make their way in droves to see the places where the novel was brought to life, for both this series starring the gorgeous Aidan Turner, and the original 1970s series starring Robin Ellis.
Perhaps one of the most spectacular Poldark filming locations is that of Botallack Mine, situated between the town of St Just in Penwith and the village of Pendeen, which doubled as the mine in the popular BBC adaptation. The mine’s engine houses were built during the mid-1800s when the Cornish mining boom was at its peak. Perched precariously high up on the cliff edge, overlooking the sea, they offer one of the most iconic and breath-taking landscapes of the series, and give a taste of the perilous and dangerous situations faced by the Poldark characters as they went about their daily business.
If one of your favourite scenes is the one where Demelza spies on Ross as he takes his usual morning swim, then a visit to the coastal area of St Levan is a must. Here you’ll find Porthgarra, a tiny unspoilt cove near to Nampara, the setting for Ross’s house. It’s also the place where Ross aids an escape and where the pilchard catch was filmed. St Agnes Head doubles for the Nampara Valley, and is close to the former home of the author Winston Graham. One of the most beautiful and most photographed areas in Cornwall, it’s one place that shouldn’t be missed from your Poldark Tour.
A visit to Charlestown should also be on the agenda as it’s the place used to represent Poldark’s city of Truro. With its Grade II listed harbour and original tall ships, you will be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped back in time as you take in some authentic 18th century atmosphere.
Although Cornwall’s dramatic coastline does feature very heavily in the series, the wild and rugged Bodmin Moor also makes an appearance in the series for several important scenes, including the one in the very first episode where Ross learns of his father’s death. So it’s also a must on any Poldark tour.
We can arrange your perfect itinerary with your private guide who will introduce you to some of the beautiful Poldark filming locations such as Padstow, Truro, St Austell and the wild Bodmin Moor? You’ll get to travel in comfort along the rugged Cornish coastline, feel the sand between your toes on the glorious Cornish beaches and get to tread in the footsteps of the dashing Captain Ross Poldark and his lovely young wife Demelza. We have some fabulous recommendations for accommodation and dinners that we can include too.
Be prepared for occasional wet and/or windy weather. A good pair of shoes are required as some walking is required to get to some of the locations. Some of the walks and locations, although relatively short, are along cliffs, beaches, steep paths and/or uneven terrain. These tours are not suitable for small children and are not wheelchair accessible.