Oooooooh I love this time of year, and I especially love Sundays when the evening closes in, the fairy lights start twinkling (in my house at least) and Poldark time rolls back around for the week. It isn’t just the “which one will he end up with?” love triangle or the plot that always manages to keep us on our toes though, I’ve started to look forward to an hour of dreaming up my own Cornwall adventures every week.
I fell in love with Cornwall for the first time when I ventured down to Padstow this summer (if you missed that blog click here to catch up), and – like the rest of the nation – the Poldark series has every so subtly got me thinking about the West Cornwall coastline and how soon I can be there. And that’s the lovely thing about it, so much of Poldark’s action’s filmed right on location that pretty much every landscape we see on screen is right there, just waiting for us to head down and feel how it feels to have the wind in our faces on those gorgeous open cliffs.
So, in the name of solidarity between Poldark fans, here’s my plan to discover his corner of Cornwall. Most of the outdoor mine scenes are filmed at Botallack, a ruined tin mine that sits perilously on the edge of the cliffs above the thrashing waves of the Atlantic, so it seems a good place to start.
Owned by the National Trust and the stand in for the Wheal Leisure mines in the series, this is probably the place to come for that iconic “I’m in Poldark country” photo, and to get an insight into the real lives that once centred around the mining industry.
The landscape around here’s dotted with engine houses abandoned when copper and tin prices plummeted, and the National Trust experts work closely with the Poldark crew to advise on just how they would have looked in their heyday. On the subject of mining, you’ll find Levant Tin Mine and Beam Engine around 20 minutes away by car.
Used as a location for a few scenes, the nice thing about Levant is that they operate guided tours into the mine itself, so you can experience the reality of life underground…I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with that one…
Now, it’s about a 25 minute drive down to that gorgeous stretch of beach that doubles up as Nampara, but I have it on very good authority (from Blue Chip’s Laura), that Porthtowan is well worth the drive…Poldark fanatic or no. With many an award to its name, this paradise of a beach is off the beaten track, unspoilt and…most importantly...part of the Poldark backdrop.
Remember that scene where Demelza stumbled upon Ross having a bit of a dip in a clear-watered cove? Well, that was filmed at Porthgwarra, a sandy cove just around the corner from Porthtowan Beach. Part of a pretty little fishing hamlet, Visit Cornwall tell us that you can sit back and watch the fishing boats come and go…sounds like Heaven.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a little plan to break my journey back to Devon up…and that’s to stop off for a wander along the cliffs at Chapel Porth near St Agnes. The scene for many a brooding galloping scene, I think this stretch of coastline looks beautiful, and I have a feeling I’ll love it all the more out of season when it’s deserted. I can’t wait. Click here to browse properties in Poldark country.
Image courtesy of Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall