Explore the dramatic coastal scenery of Poldark country with a walk along the South West Coast Path.
The BBC’s latest adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels features many stunning locations throughout Cornwall.
With a passionate plot of romance and family dramatics, set to the backdrop of 18th century mining Cornwall, the 8-part series of Poldark is entertaining audiences around the world and showcasing the very best of the region's coastline.
It tells the story of a British Army Officer, Captain Ross Poldark who returned to his Cornish homeland after serving in the American war of independence in the 1780s. Upon returning, he found that everything had changed. His fiancee Elizabeth Chynoweth was betrothed to his Cousin Francis and his late father's tin mines were in ruins. This set the scene in the first series broadcast in 2014 and in the second series that followed, in 2016, he sought to turn the tide on his fortunes and find wealth and love once more. In the latest third series, we can expect more family dramatics and inspirational coastal scenery.
Here's our round-up of the top 5 walks following in the footsteps of Captain Ross Poldark:
1. Perranporth to St Agnes – this walk is a great introduction to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site with stunning views from St Agnes Head. The sweeping valley of St Agnes provides the setting for Ross Poldark's family home, Nampara.
2. Levant, Botallack and the Crowns – this is the quintessential Cornish mining landscape where the National Trust's restored steam winding engine at Levant Mine was used as the setting of Tressider's Rolling Mill. West Wheal Owles mine (pictured) was the setting for the fictional Wheal Leisure tin mine which Ross finds in ruins on his return to Cornwall.
3. Constantine to Mawgan Porth - this long and challenging walk has lots of ups and downs as it travels high above north Cornwall’s ragged rocky coastline where turquoise water washes onto golden sand. At about one third into the seven-mile walk is Porthcothan which stars as Nampara alongside a number of other locations. The dramatic cliff tops may also be familiar with some of the scenes on horseback filmed here. An area rich in smuggling history, there are lots of inlets and coves where locals once supplemented their fishing income with a spot of Free Trade and made the most of the secluded and sandy caves to hide their contraband.
4.Porthcurno from Porthgwarra - This is Ross Poldark’s favourite spot for a swim. Various scenes were filmed at this rugged cove with a distinctive tunnel – thought to have been dug by St Just miners to allow farmers access for beach sand.
5. Mullion Cove to Lizard Point and village - This area known as The Lizard was used for various scenes at Gunwalloe and Lizard Point – the most southerly point of the UK.
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For travel information and to download a NEW Poldark App go to the Visit Cornwall website - visitcornwall.com/poldark
The best way to experience the coastal landscapes of the South West is by taking it slowly - on foot or by train. For information about getting around by train download this PDF or visit -http://greatscenicrailways.co.uk/poldark/
Combine your walk with a visit to one of the nearby attractions within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and discover more about the rich mining heritage of the area and its international importance in the Industrial Revolution. Download a PDF of their leaflet here