I can’t wait for Sunday 4th September when Poldark returns to our screens…right from the first episode I was one of the millions across the nation who was instantly hooked on the whole thing.
Sneaky “oooh isn’t he lovely?” Aidan Turner jokes aside, one of the things that gripped me most about the series is that it made us fall back in love with Cornwall. And the sight of Ross and Demelza galloping across the county’s coastline while the waves crashed onto the beach far below every Sunday, made me start thinking about discovering the views like those ones that are right on our doorsteps.
West Cornwall shines as the backdrop to the series, with its rugged landscape making the perfect setting for the adventures of the brooding Ross, and I love the fact that the series has inspired fans to make their way to the West Country and discover the filming locations for themselves.
If you read my blog about my first solo drive down to Padstow a few months ago then you’ll be impressed to hear that I’m planning my own Poldark-themed visit this autumn, and half the fun’s going to be in seeing the locations that have become part of the storylines.
So, as it’s only right that I share the fruits of my location research with my fellow fans, here are three of the locations in Cornwall that make up Poldark Country.
The real life Poldark mine
Where better to start than in the depths of the actual tin mine behind the stories? A poignant reminder of the importance tin played to life in Cornwall, Poldark Mine in Helston is open to visitors so you can make your way into the ground and experience just a little of what life was like for the men who worked in it. The mine was used as the setting for some scenes during the first series, and you’ll be taken 100 metres down, right into the heart of the mine.
Wheal Coates tin mine
Heading back up above ground, the Wheal Coates tin mine is another sight that’ll be familiar to those of you who never miss an episode. Wheal Coates engine house sits high on the windswept St Agnes Head. This disused former tin mine and the area that surrounds it feature as part of the wider Nampara estate in the series, and you can walk from the nearby village of St Agnes to this peaceful spot and follow the South West Coast Path high above Chapel Porth beach far below.
With a listed harbour and a collection of authentic tall ships attracting visitors all year round, the harbour village of Charlestown couldn’t be more perfect for the principal town scenes in the series. The village may have started out as a tiny little collection of cottages and cellars in the days of pilchard processing, but these days it becomes the bustling backdrop to many a scene on a Sunday evening. I for one, am going to wander its harbourside and imagine myself as part of the Poldark cast.