As if summer slowly coming around isn’t exciting enough, the BBC went the extra mile and dropped Poldark series 3 onto our screens on Sunday. Yep, he’s back. In a blaze of crashing waves, shadowy Bodmin nights and dazzling smiles, we were back in love with Poldark and back in love with Cornwall.
I love the fact that the series has started just in time to get us dreaming of all that deserted Cornish scenery, so we have plenty of time to plan those lazy summer breaks walking in the footsteps of the Poldark crew. So, partly because I’m always happy to research the very important business that’s Poldark, and partly because I wouldn’t want you to miss the beauty that’s shot to fame in the series, I’ve put together a few hints on those Poldark filming locations.
Set on the windswept Tin Coast and part of a World Heritage Site, Botallack Mine is home to those iconic engine houses that star as the Poldark Mine in the series. Owned by the National Trust, this disused mine isn’t open to the public, but you can wander your way along the clifftops to see it and get that crucial ‘Poldark’ photo. The Tin Coast rolls on for seven beautiful miles, and if you’re feeling energetic, this walk’s a lovely way to take in some of Cornwall’s famous scenery and one of Poldark’s key filming locations at the same time.
Not far from St Austell, the historic resort of Charlestown has film set written all over it. With its listed harbour and tall ships, the town’s used as the stand-in for Truro and Falmouth in the series, and it’s perfect. Charlestown started life as a small cluster of cottages and cellars, and it was once at the heart of the area’s pilchard processing industry. Remember when good old Verity eloped with Captain Andrew Blamey to live in his Falmouth home? Well the house is in fact one of the properties that overlook Charlestown’s harbour.
One of those landscapes that looks spectacular at any time of year, Bodmin Moor’s stolen the show in Poldark since day one. All those galloping horse scenes we know and love are filmed on the moor, and it’s also the location for the external shots of Ross and Demelza’s Nampara home. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bodmin feels a world away from the hustle and bustle. Wild ponies graze, granite tors loom high and walkers wander their way across the landscape, and it’s one of the places that could have been made for a long walk and a picnic.
Poldark continues on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday. Image courtesy of Visit Cornwall and Matthew Jessop.
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