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Poldark Inspired Days Out

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Explore nearby Poldark Country

Yearning for storm-tossed seas, isolated sandy coves and rugged moorland? You may be suffering from Poldark fever… But there’s an easy remedy for this: a trip to Poldark country.

If you’d like to visit some of the spectacular locations used to film the Poldark TV series, take a look at some of our suggestions for planning your own Poldark-inspired days out or download these free maps of the Poldark filming locations.

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Bosinver, Charlestown is a popular location for period dramas. Not only has it remained relatively untouched by the modern world, but it’s also home to a fleet of historic Tall Ships and doubled as Falmouth Harbour in the recent Poldark TV series.

Delve deep at Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre and discover the town’s links to shipping, smuggling and wrecking. Then stop at Charlie’s for lunch or afternoon tea. This super-friendly coffee shop has an extensive menu and is well-equipped for families with babies and toddlers.

St Agnes Head is one of the most picturesque areas of Cornwall, and is steeped in mining history. This area is classic Poldark country and was used to film the scenes set in the fictional Nampara Valley. Blue Hills Tin Mine is Cornwall’s only remaining producer of tin. You can see first-hand how some of the mining processes work and get a glimpse into what life was like for the miners who worked in this area.

Poldark’s iconic cliff scenes were filmed in the Padstow area. The magnificent views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach reveal the Cornish landscape at its best. Porthcothan, with its wide, sandy beach, was used as the setting for the fictional Nampara Cove. One of the best ways to explore the Camel estuary is on two wheels. Hire bikes from Camel Trail Cycle Hire in Wadebridge, jump on the trail and enjoy beautiful sweeping views towards Rock and Daymer Bay. From Wadebridge, it’s an easy 5.5 mile cycle to Padstow, although you can plan a longer route if you prefer.

Explore all the Cornish Mining World Heritage sites

In 2006 selected mining landscapes across Cornwall and West Devon were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, placing Cornish mining heritage on a par with international treasures like Machu Pichu, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Ten separate areas make up the World Heritage Site; each has its own character and opportunities for adventure. The largest World Heritage Site in the UK, with over 20,000 hectares spread across Cornwall and west Devon, it offers myriad experiences to explore our world-changing mining culture.

Mining story set against beautiful backdrops

The mining story is set against one of the most spectacular backdrops imaginable – a strikingly beautiful coastline, rugged moors, idyllic countryside, lush river valleys, and bustling towns and harbours.

To explore the stories of Cornish mining in the area, visit the mining attractions or simply plan a day trip within one of the World Heritage Site areas, please check out the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site website where you can also download ‘Cousin Jacks – The Cornish Mining App‘ with free audio trails.

View of buildings situated across the Cornwall coast, close to the sea.
World famous history
to explore

Whether Poldark is your thing or not, the famous landscapes associated with Cornwall’s rich mining history (and the dreamy BBC drama) were designated a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth a look whilst you’re here. 

We include up to a whopping £475* of Extras in your holiday!

Your young family holidays will be some of the most special you take. To make sure you get great value from your break at Bosinver, we include a whopping £475 worth of activities and facilities within the price of your holiday. So once you arrive you’ll know that you can relax and enjoy the time you spend with us without worrying about additional costs.

*When compared to similar venues that charge extra for activities, facilities and equipment.

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We’re all huge fans of the latest BBC adaptation of Poldark, which is filmed all around Cornwall.

Aside from the charms of the stars, Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson, the Poldark series showcases the best of Cornwall’s rugged, romantic landscape.

Many people across the UK and beyond have fallen in love with Cornwall while watching the series. But what you might not know is that you can actually visit many of the locations around Cornwall used to film Poldark.

If you fancy planning your own Poldark inspired day out, here are our suggestions for where to go and what to do.

Church Cove/Gunwalloe

The atmospheric Church Cove on the Lizard has long been associated with smuggling. This area of Cornwall has seen many a ship come to grief. When it came to filming Poldark’s dramatic late night shipwreck scenes, Gunwalloe was the obvious choice.

Gunwalloe's dramatic coastline made it perfect as a filming location for Poldark

Explore: Wander along the clifftop to the right of the church, facing the sea. If you look carefully, you should find the smugglers’ passage cut into the rock.

Visit: Nestled into the sand, the church of St Winwalloe dates back to the 13th century. Despite the thick stone walls, you can still hear the roar of the waves from inside, even on a calm day.

Eat at: The 15th century Halzephron Inn is just a 6-minute walk from the beach.

Walk: For a short but scenic stroll, head to nearby Dollar Cove. The Spanish ship, San Salvador, was wrecked here in 1669. It was reputed to be carrying two tonnes of silver dollars when it was lost, and locals claim that coins still occasionally wash up on the beach after a storm.

Gunwalloe has long been associated with smuggling
Look out for the smugglers’ passage at Gunwalloe


Porthgwarra is an attractive coastal village close to Porthcurno with a small, secluded beach. Once a busy fishing cove, Porthgwarra was used to shoot the famous scene that set countless hearts racing – this was the beach where Ross went for an early morning swim, spied on by Demelza.

Explore: The Minack Theatre is one of Cornwall’s most beloved attractions and recognisable icons. If you don’t have time to stay for a performance, pop in to the visitor centre and discover the incredible story of its creator, Rowena Cade, who made it her life’s work.

Visit: While not strictly Poldark-related, Porthcurno Telegraph Museum makes a great addition to a day out in this area of Cornwall. Discover the story of the communication revolution of the 19th century which started here in Cornwall – the first underwater telegraph cable was laid in Porthcurno in 1870.

Eat at: The award-winning Logan Rock Inn in nearby Treen is a traditional village pub which dates back to the 16th century and serves variety of real ales and excellent home cooked food.

Walk: Enjoy a short (2.8 mile) walk from Porthgwarra to Porthcurno along the coast path. The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters make it look more like the Mediterranean than part of the UK.

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor was used extensively in the filming for Poldark. Many of the scenes on horseback were filmed here, as were the exterior scenes of Ross Poldark’s home, Nampara.

Explore: Take a leaf out of Ross Poldark’s book and explore the area on horseback.

Visit: Bodmin Jail (where Jim Carter was held in the Poldark series) has a reputation for being haunted… Explore it if you dare! Please note: Bodmin Jail is now closed for six months to allow for construction to finish on their new £8.5million immersive visitor attraction, due to re-open in May 2020.

Eat at: Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 novel, Jamaica Inn dates back to 1750, when its remote Bodmin Moor location made it popular with smugglers.

Walk: Roughtor is Bodmin Moor’s most rugged and distinctive tor, while Brown Willy is the highest point in Cornwall. This 5.2 mile walk offers breathtaking panoramic views and a workout to boot.

A visit to Bodmin Moor is top of the list for planning Poldark inspired days out
Bodmin Moor

West Cornwall: Botallack to Levant

This part of the west Cornwall coast is strongly associated with the mining industry. Levant Mine stood in for Tressiders Rolling Mill in the recent Poldark series. Nearby Wheal Owles and the Crowns engine houses at Botallack also featured as Wheal Leisure.

Explore: Cape Cornwall is renowned for its wildlife. Look out for the Cornish chough, a member of the crow family with a distinctive red bill and legs and distinctive ‘chee-ow’ call.

Visit: Perched on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Levant Mine has one of the most dramatic locations of all the mines in Cornwall. For over 100 years, it was known as the ‘queen of Cornwall’s submarine mines’. The tunnels here stretch out for over a mile under the sea!

Eat at: Try the Star Inn in St Just or The Queen’s Arms at Botallack for traditional hearty pub fayre.

Walk: Get a taste of the far south west’s wild, rugged beauty on foot. This short walk from Botallack will take you through coastal heathland. On the way, you’ll pass the iconic engine house and the remains of the old tin mining works.

Levant Mine and Beam engine is situated near St Just in the far west of Cornwall
Step back into the past at Levant Mine

You can also find ideas for Poldark inspired days out close to Bosinver on our website.

Need some more help planning your day out? You can download free maps of all the Poldark filming locations in Cornwall from the Poldark Guide.

Are you a Poldark fan? We’d love to hear about your experiences of visiting any of the filming locations. Do you have any tips for other Poldark enthusiasts? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver.