Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall
Following the return of the popular BBC series Poldark to our screens every Sunday night, there’s no better time to book a stay at one of our cottages in Cornwall and go and explore some of the beautiful areas from the scenes that were filmed here. As autumn sets into the Cornish landscapes, it’s a fantastic time of year to get out and walk in the footsteps of Ross Poldark and Demelza, following trails along Bodmin Moor or the rugged coastline.
We all remember that famous scene from the first series where Ross Poldark takes off his shirt for a dip in the turquoise sea. Now you can visit the picturesque secluded cove in Porthcurno that boasts its very own tunnel. Stories say that the tunnel was built by the miners of St Just to allow farmers access to the sand from the beach. You can walk through the tunnel back up to the top of the cliff.
2.3 miles (3.7 km) – Porthgwarra (TR19 6JR) to Porthcurno (TR19 6JX)
Bodmin Moor often features in many of the scenes in Poldark, and the rugged surroundings boast several walking and horse riding trails where you can visit famous landmarks like Rough Tor and Brown Willy, Cornwall’s highest point, and enjoy spectacular views.
Circular walk around Rough Tor and Brown Willy – 5.2 miles (8.4 km) – Roughtor car park (PL32 9QG)
Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you walk west along the granite cliffs on this northern coast from the vast sandy beach in Perranporth around to St Agnes Head for dramatic sea views. This area is part of the Cornish Mining UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the coastal valley in St Agnes is where Ross and Demelza’s family home Nampara is set. You’ll also the famous engine houses and mining ruins at Wheal Coates.
3.5 miles (5.6 km) – Perranporth (TR6 0GS)
This harbour near St Austell features prominently throughout the Poldark series, and thanks to its untouched charm, it doesn’t need much to transform it into an 18th-century port. Still used today by china clay exporters, this port was once home to tall ships, fishermen and boat builders. There’s a beach you walk on, a Shipwreck Centre to learn about the port’s history, and few pubs to sample some local Cornish cider or ale.
Black Head & Castle Gotha (just south of Charlestown) – 4.3 miles (7.0 km) – Ropehaven car park (PL26 6BH)
You’ll recognise the mines at Botallack as soon as you arrive from the scenes that feature Poldark’s Wheal Leisure mine. The ruins of Owles and Crowns are used to portray Wheal Leisure, and their position on the edge of the rugged cliffs allows you to enjoy some spectacular scenery as you walk from St Just to the mines along grassy slopes above the Atlantic’s crashing waves. In St. Just, you can learn about the copper-hunting mining adventures at Botallack Count House, which is now a museum.
Levant, Botallack and the Crowns – 3.0 miles (4.8 km) – Pendeen car park (TR19 7DW)