Discover Poldark's Cornwall

Discover Poldark's Cornwall

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Cornwall returns to our screens as the backdrop to BBC 1's Poldark...

As the second series begins and Poldark gallops his way along Cornwall’s coastline once more, the eyes of the nation will fall as much to Cornwall for its leading role in the series as they have to the programme itself. So, if you’ve been thinking it’s time to escape to the West Country for a few days and discover Cornwall again then here are some of the locations that form the backdrop to BBC 1’s stunning Sunday night swashbuckler.

The Real Poldark Mine

Where else to start your journey than at the mine that started it all? Poldark Mine is the only complete underground mine in Cornwall or Devon that’s open to visitors, and you can take an underground tour to really experience what life would have been like for the miners. Some of the underground scenes for the series were filmed right in the mine itself, and keep your eyes peeled when you have a look at the artefacts on display as a few of them made appearances too. You’ll be taken 100 metres down until you’re right in the heart of the mine, and the passageways are just as narrow and just as gloomy as they would have been when they were crammed with miners.

Historic Charlestown

With a Grade II listed harbour that’s often home to authentic tall ships, Charlestown’s no stranger to the silver screen. Every inch the traditional Cornish harbour village, it was the perfect stand-in for Truro in Poldark. Once just a cluster of cottages and cellars for pilchard processing, Charlestown has managed to escape change over the decades and it's the kind of destination that makes you feel a world away from home.

Wheal Coates & St Agnes

Here’s another spot that should look familiar to those of you who have been tuning in on a Sunday evening. Wheal Coates (pictured above) was once a bustling tin mine, and with its windswept setting high on St Agnes Head it’s long been part of the landscape. There’s a relatively easy walk from St Agnes up to this rather rugged beauty spot, and you can follow the South West Coast Path high above Chapel Porth beach far below. The area appears as part of the wider Nampara estate in the series.

If you wander around St Agnes itself bear in mind that Winston Graham - the author of the Poldark novels - grew up in nearby Perranporth and drew his inspiration from the local area. In fact, he even agreed for his friend from St Agnes to refer to the village as "Poldark country", so it's great fun trying to work out which of the views and buildings made it into Poldark's world!

Bodmin Moor

The cast and crew of the BBC production spent much of their time on Bodmin Moor during filming. The outside shots of Ross Poldark’s cosy cottage, Nampara, were all filmed on Bodmin as well as many of the horseback riding scenes. Bodmin Moor was the perfect setting for the passionate plot, and little about its dramatic terrain has changed since the days when Poldark’s set.

Padstow

Romantic shots of our hero galloping high above the sea on Cornwall’s cliffs have won the series a loyal following of viewers, and Padstow and the scenery that surrounds it provided the setting for many of the cliff scenes.

If you’ve visited Cornwall before you’ll recognise the stunning Camel Estuary and Tregirls Beach, and the fictional Nampara Cove is actually the beautiful sandy beach of Porthcothan. Padstow is a picturesque working fishing port, and it sits surrounded by some of Cornwall’s finest sandy beaches. Better yet, thanks to a smattering of celebrity-owned restaurants it’s a favourite with foodies too.

Poldark returns to our screens on Sunday 4th September.

Cornwall returns to our screens as the backdrop to BBC 1's Poldark...

As the second series begins and Poldark gallops his way along Cornwall’s coastline once more, the eyes of the nation will fall as much to Cornwall for its leading role in the series as they have to the programme itself. So, if you’ve been thinking it’s time to escape to the West Country for a few days and discover Cornwall again then here are some of the locations that form the backdrop to BBC 1’s stunning Sunday night swashbuckler.

The Real Poldark Mine

Where else to start your journey than at the mine that started it all? Poldark Mine is the only complete underground mine in Cornwall or Devon that’s open to visitors, and you can take an underground tour to really experience what life would have been like for the miners. Some of the underground scenes for the series were filmed right in the mine itself, and keep your eyes peeled when you have a look at the artefacts on display as a few of them made appearances too. You’ll be taken 100 metres down until you’re right in the heart of the mine, and the passageways are just as narrow and just as gloomy as they would have been when they were crammed with miners.

Historic Charlestown

With a Grade II listed harbour that’s often home to authentic tall ships, Charlestown’s no stranger to the silver screen. Every inch the traditional Cornish harbour village, it was the perfect stand-in for Truro in Poldark. Once just a cluster of cottages and cellars for pilchard processing, Charlestown has managed to escape change over the decades and it's the kind of destination that makes you feel a world away from home.

Wheal Coates & St Agnes

Here’s another spot that should look familiar to those of you who have been tuning in on a Sunday evening. Wheal Coates (pictured above) was once a bustling tin mine, and with its windswept setting high on St Agnes Head it’s long been part of the landscape. There’s a relatively easy walk from St Agnes up to this rather rugged beauty spot, and you can follow the South West Coast Path high above Chapel Porth beach far below. The area appears as part of the wider Nampara estate in the series.

If you wander around St Agnes itself bear in mind that Winston Graham - the author of the Poldark novels - grew up in nearby Perranporth and drew his inspiration from the local area. In fact, he even agreed for his friend from St Agnes to refer to the village as "Poldark country", so it's great fun trying to work out which of the views and buildings made it into Poldark's world!

Bodmin Moor

The cast and crew of the BBC production spent much of their time on Bodmin Moor during filming. The outside shots of Ross Poldark’s cosy cottage, Nampara, were all filmed on Bodmin as well as many of the horseback riding scenes. Bodmin Moor was the perfect setting for the passionate plot, and little about its dramatic terrain has changed since the days when Poldark’s set.

Padstow

Romantic shots of our hero galloping high above the sea on Cornwall’s cliffs have won the series a loyal following of viewers, and Padstow and the scenery that surrounds it provided the setting for many of the cliff scenes.

If you’ve visited Cornwall before you’ll recognise the stunning Camel Estuary and Tregirls Beach, and the fictional Nampara Cove is actually the beautiful sandy beach of Porthcothan. Padstow is a picturesque working fishing port, and it sits surrounded by some of Cornwall’s finest sandy beaches. Better yet, thanks to a smattering of celebrity-owned restaurants it’s a favourite with foodies too.

Poldark returns to our screens on Sunday 4th September.

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