The final episode of Poldark may have aired on our TV screens but if your love for this drama (and Cornwall) is as strong as ever then why not follow in the footsteps in of Ross and Demelza? Here’s our guide to Poldark film locations that can be easily visited from Cornwall holiday park.
Quick beginners guide to Poldark, the Cornish phenomenon
Just in case you haven’t turned on your TV over the last five years to catch even a glimpse of the programme, here’s a quick beginners guide to this BBC series.
It’s a period drama following the journey of Ross Poldark (brooding hero), a British Army officer who returns to his home in Cornwall from the American War of Independence in the late eighteenth century, to find that his fiancée Elizabeth Chynoweth (straight-laced love interest) believed him dead and is about to marry his cousin Francis Poldark (self-pitying weakling).
At its heart, of course, is a love story and so enter Demelza, (feisty heroine), a miner’s daughter who leaves her abusive family to work as Poldark’s servant.
Whilst Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family’s derelict copper mines, the love story between him and Demelza develops and Ross realises eventually that Demelza is his true love. Hurrah!
The massive appeal of the BBC television series appears to be for three very good reasons. First is the obvious beauty of the Cornish setting where most of the filming takes place. Secondly, everyone loves a good love story and, finally, something to do with how Aiden Turner wears his shirts. Or how he doesn’t wear them. So we’ve heard…
The Poldark Filming Locations
So, where exactly is Poldark filmed? You’ll find that the various filming locations are spread far and wide over the county and if you are thinking of a caravan holiday in Cornwall then there will be plenty of places to visit near your park.
Not far from our Cornwall holiday park is Bodmin Moor, where scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, are shot. It’s also the site of the miners’ cottages, such as the one that Ross gives to Jim Carter and his wife Jenny, and is home to Dr Dwight’s original cottage. In the very first episode Ross meets Demelza at the meeting of paths just north of the village on Minions.
Our Cornish holiday park is also well situated for you to visit Holywell Bay. This large sandy beach backed by dunes has been used for many encounters between Ross, as well as for the horse races between Dwight and Caroline.
St Agnes Head is a beautiful coastal location where the old engine houses, remnants of the mines of Wheal Charlotte, Wheal Coates and Trevellas, perch perilously to the side of the cliffs tops. As well as doubling as Nampara Valley, it featured in both series one and two and has seen its fair share of horse-riding scenes.
If you are a keen fan of the show then it’s worth spending a day or two travelling further afield to the tip of Cornwall to visit some of the following filming locations used in Poldark.
Porthgwarra, right down near Penzance, is a tiny but beautiful beach which was featured in series one where we watched Ross taking a swim in the crystal clear water while watched from the cliff tops by Demelza.
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Porthcurno is arguably one of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches, with soft golden sand leading to a turquoise sea. This is Nampara Cove, seen in series two when Demelza and Ross find themselves walking along Porthcurno in a (somewhat bizarre) dream sequence.
Another spectacular beach setting used for a filming location for Poldark is Kynance Cove. With its light golden sand, turquoise waters and rising towers of rock, it’s another of Cornwall’s most famous beaches. Plenty of the cliff top riding scenes are shot here as well as the opening sequence of series two. This is also where Ross is marched at the hands of his arresting officers, towards Truro jail, having just been apprehended at St Agnes Head.
Gunwalloe Church Cove beach is a small, sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St Winwaloe on The Lizard. This cove was the scene of much excitement when Aidan Turner and various cast members descended to film nighttime ship wrecking scenes for series one. It’s also the setting for Dr Dwight‘s most recent cottage which stands on the cliffs about two miles along the coast towards Loe Bar and Porthleven.
These are just some of the many filming locations in Cornwall for Poldark and as you are out and about exploring the area you’ll probably come across other landscapes and features that you recognise. TV film location spotting is definitely a fun thing to do on your holiday in Cornwall!