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  • Aidan Turner as Poldark
  • Filming Poldark at Porthgwarra
  • Poldark cast and crew at Porthgwarra
  • Boats in a cove on the Poldark set
  • Levant Mine
  • Botallack Mine
  • Charelstown harbour

On the Poldark Trail in Cornwall

Discover the secret coves and wild moors of Poldark country

Follow a self guided Poldark trail and discover Cornwall’s secret coves and wild moors as we follow in the footsteps of the Poldark film crew.

Bodmin

This was one of the first locations to feature in Series 1 and where the cast found themselves based for much of Series 2. The tough granite moorland of Bodmin is the landscape between the homes of Ross and Francis. Scenes of Ross riding home to Nampara or to Francis’ estate were shot at Minions, where ancient standing stone circles and the wild heathers dance in the breeze. Nampara House itself and some of the miners cottages can be found amongst the Cornish stone cottages in St Breward. The cottage of Dwight Enys can also be found on the wild moors.

  • Drop in at Jamaica Inn, where filming took place for the BBC series of the same name, just off the A30 near Bolventor.
  • Stay nearby at Juliots Well Cottages – just over 5 miles from St Breward.

Padstow, Porthcothan, The Camel Estuary

The latest dramatisation opens to sweeping views across from Lellizzick on the north Cornish coast near to Padstow. Many of the cliff top scenes overlook Hawker’s Bay and the Camel Estuary with nearby Porthcothan depicting Nampara Cove. Many of Ross’ dramatic dashes on horseback overlook the amazing rock stacks at Bedruthan. Constantine Bay is also featured and Tregirls Beach can be recognised in Series 2.

  • Stay nearby at Bay Retreat Villas in St Merryn and take in the seven beautiful bays in the area then travel up to Padstow and onto Bodmin, just half an hour’s drive.

Bedruthan Steps

Aidan Turner as Poldark

Wheal Coates and beach

Newquay, Perranporth and St Agnes

Perranporth was the home of Poldark’s author, Winston Graham. His story came from details penned in letters he researched from old Cornish archives. Depicting the lives and times of Cornwall and its people in the late 18th century, the era saw the difficulties associated with the eventual growth of industrial mining for tin, copper and lead. The splendid Elizabethan Manor of Trerice House, at Kestle Mill near Newquay, was Winston Graham’s original inspiration for the Poldark Estate House. Used in the 1970’s series, it makes for a fascinating visit.

Holywell Bay and Gull Rock, near Newquay is Warleggans territory. In the original novels, ‘Hendrawna Sands’ is actually Perranporth beach.The wide golden beach and sand dunes feature in Series 2 and are where Dwight Enys and Caroline Penvenen race on horseback. Further down the north coast, the beautiful Heritage Coastline around St Agnes Head, in particular Beacon Drive, becomes Nampara Valley. The area is dotted with iconic Engine Houses and rows of old miner’s cottages.

The Penzance Area – Pendeen, St Just, Levant, Botallack & Porthgwarra

Wheal Leisure, the Poldark Mine, is really Owles and Crowns near Botallack, situated between Pendeen and Penwith in St Just. Nearby Manor Farm also doubled as Nampara. Two engine houses are positioned low down on the cliff precipice with the roar of crashing waves below. Built during the height of Cornish mining it stands next to Wheal Crowns, a UNESCO protected site. Levant Mine, Trewellard, doubles as Tressiders Mill. Managed by The National Trust it can also be found on the South West Coast Path.

Further round the coast from Botallack and just 3 miles south from Lands End, Porthgwarra is an unspoilt cove in the St Levan area where Demelza spies on Ross as he takes a dip in the clear water. The cove in real life is as beautiful as depicted in the film and has a little beach café which supplied the Poldark crew with Cornish pasties during filming. This is where Ross and Demelza help land the pilchard catch, a staple in the 18th century Cornish diet. A little further on, Pedn Vounder Beach near Porthcurno can also be seen in numerous clips with Gwenapp Head providing the background to many shots in Series 2.

Worth a visit whilst you’re there:

Botallack Coastline

Crew on Poldark set at Porthgwarra

Cape Cornwall chapel

Kynance Cove

One of the most photographed areas in Cornwall, Kynance Cove sums up much of what is loved about Cornwall. Beautiful and dramatic, the cove offers golden sands, clear turquoise waters and intriguing rock stacks with caves visible at low tide. In the screen adaptation the cove doubles as Namapara with Predannack Wollas providing another locations for horseback dashes across wildflower-strewn countryside.

Helston and The Poldark Mine

Moving from the Lands End area to The Lizard at the southernmost tip of Cornwall, a little bit inland is the real Poldark Mine. Although not used in the series, it is now an open air museum with workshops and gardens. The pretty surroundings mask the once industrial 18th Century tin mine which is now situated in the beautiful World Heritage Site of the Wendron Valley at Trenear near Helston. Here you can find out how mining shaped the lives of Cornish people and what it meant to the county. The tin mine is the only complete mine open to the public in the south west.

Gunwalloe & The Lizard

The sandy beach at Church Cove, Gunwalloe, near Helston, scene of a shipwreck in the story, was used by wreckers in real life. Lighting fires on the coast would lure unsuspecting ships to a watery end on the jagged rocks. Looting then took place. Today, people often hunt for treasure at nearby Dollar Cove, named for its propensity to wash up silver dollars after a 17th century shipwreck there. Similarly the coastline at Landewednack, Lizard Point was also used for filming.

Charlestown

Centrally situated on the south Cornish coast, Charlestown doubles for Truro and Falmouth. The Grade II listed harbour comes complete with original tall ships and looks little changed since the 18th century, making it a perfect place to film Demelza bargaining for fish and for Ross’ business trips.

  • Explore the south Cornwall coast and stay at Green Acres Cottages. Just 10 minutes away from Charlestown and half an hour from St Breward in Bodmin, it also only takes around 40 minutes to reach Gunwalloe by car.

Also worth a visit:

Charlestown harbour

Boats at Porthgwarra for Poldark film

Church Cove at Gunwalloe