So you may have to wait until September for the next series of Poldark to be shown, but if you come and stay with us at Roundhouse Barns you’re at least within easy reach of visiting some of those fabulous locations!
We hope you like the pictures – we took them on a coastal path walk in April earlier this year, as you can see we had fabulous weather, the blues of the sea and sky were truly amazing.
Poldark provides a window into Cornwall in the eighteenth century when the local copper mining industry was in turmoil because of the overwhelming competition from Welsh mines. Today the metal mining landscapes of Cornwall have World Heritage Site status.
The nearest film location to us is Charlestown, a perfectly preserved eighteenth century copper and clay port which is the stand in for Falmouth Harbour. You would be unlucky not to see a tall ship in the harbour and you may even catch a film set working there as it’s regularly in use.
Make sure you find time to visit the Charlestown Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre while you are there and a choice of The Pier House or The Rashleigh Arms for a coffee or a spot of lunch.
Poldark Mine near Wendron had just the right atmosphere for lots of underground filming of the fictional Wheal Leisure (and we won’t mention the underground drowning in case you have not read all the books)! Do you dare go down what is the only complete tin mine in Cornwall open for underground guided tours? It’s regarded as one of the most historic locations in the annals of Cornish Mining.
Porthcothnan Beach near Newquay – a distinctly triangular inlet was used as Nampara Cove – the beach below Ross Poldark’s cottage.
Still on the beaches, Porthgwarra near Lands End, is a rugged cove with a distinctive tunnel dug by the St Just miners to allow farmers access for beach sand. This was the cove where Ross went for that famous swim! Whilst St Agnes Head was used as the sweeping valley setting for Nampara.
Many mines near St Just were used during the filming, including Botallack, which doubles as Grambler Mine, Levant Mine was used as the setting of Tresidders Rolling Mill and West Wheal Owles Mine was used as a setting for the fictional Wheal Leisure which Ross finds nearly derelict on his return from fighting abroad.
Let Roundhouse Barn be your base whilst you follow the characters and action at the many film locations within and around the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
Cornish Mining has produced a lovely guide to all the sites, which we have at Roundhouse Barns and there is more information at: