In Search of Poldark (2015-16)

June 15, 2016

Well, we had to didn’t we…
Now that Poldark is back on our screens, Cornwall has another on screen outing that shows off just how rugged, windswept, romantic, passionate, beautiful, dramatic and full of mines it really is.
So .. where have they been filming this time round? Not all the locations are actually in Cornwall, but here are the ones that are ..

Nampara and all that riding across rugged terrain
Nampara is Ross Poldark’s cottage and the location of the cottage they used for the exterior shots (actually, it’s rather larger than it looks on screen), is near St Breward. Good luck with searching it out! Other shots of miners’ cottages and the tracks around Nampara were also shot on Bodmin Moor.

Nampara Cove was filmed around Padstow, Porthcothan Bay to be precise. All that sand – hard to miss!

Shipwrecks and dramatic cliffs
There would be no point at all in going anywhere but Cornwall for these sort of shots. North Cornwall boasts some of the most dramatic and breathtaking views you can imagine. The night time shipwreck (one of so many around Cornwall) was filmed at Church Cove, Gunwalloe. The church there is well worth a visit and given the location, you’d be forgiven for wondering how it’s survived!

Photo © Copyright Michael Heavey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Photo © Copyright Michael Heavey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


More cliffs, coves and mines
Porthgwarra was used to film some of the fishing / beach sequences. There’s a tunnel cut through the rock there (probably very useful for film crews and actors not wishing to brave the steep path down to the beach). It’s very sheltered and was once, in fact, a thriving fishing cove.

Photo © Copyright Graham Horn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Photo © Copyright Graham Horn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Levant Mine, Pendeen was used as the location for Tressiders Rolling Mill – an unmistakable sight, should you ever go there. It’s now managed by the National Trust and boats the only Cornish beam engine in the world that is still in steam on its original mine site. Levant Mine is very close to Geevor Tin Mine (now a museum including underground tours), so make the most of the mining heritage in the area!
A bit further south you’ll come to Botallack and the area (part of the World Heritage Mining Site along with Levant and Geevor) is littered with mining remains! West Wheal Owles is the location for Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure and the dramatic mine at The Crowns is used as Francis Poldark’s mine, Grambler. The photo shows the cliff-edge location of The Crowns.

Photo © Copyright Rod Allday and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Photo © Copyright Rod Allday and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Charlestown, has been used as a film location before – Hornblower (2002), Mansfield Park (1999), Rebecca (1997), Moll Flanders (1999), The Eagle has Landed (1976), The Onedin Line (1971) to name a few! It’s unspoilt harbour provides a perfect backdrop for depicting 18th century Truro (although Corsham in Wiltshire was also used as Truro – the bits without a harbour)

Photo © Copyright Pam Brophy and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Photo © Copyright Pam Brophy and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Enjoy the Poldark Trail!

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