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Poldark secrets

The long awaited second series of Poldark is currently showing on the BBC and the 3rd series is now being filmed.  If you are an avid watcher then you are most likely a fan of Cornwall too! With much of the filming taking place in some beautiful parts of the county we will share some of the Poldark secrets with you.  Firstly where does the filming take place?

Poldark’s Cornwall filming locations

Poldark films some of Cornwall’s most breathtaking and rugged coastline and the cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall.  If you want to explore some of the other areas, and maybe even catch a glimpse of the famous cast, here are our favourites:

Church Cove, Gunwalloe

The sandy beach at Church Cove, Gunwalloe on The Lizard, not too far from Helston provides the set for many shoots, in particular the dramatic late night shipwreck scene, involving Aidan Turner and dozens of extras.  The episode involved lighting real fires and torches on the beach.

There are some amazing opportunities for photographers in this area of the County.  We went down and luckily bumped into them filming the 3rd series.  Here they are filming at the Church (The Parish Church of St Winwaloe), but what for?!



Charlestown near St Austell, Cornwall is an unspoiled example of a late Georgian working port which is famed for its collection of ships and traditional appearance.  Many times it has caught the attention of location managers and for the filming of Poldark stood in for Cornwall’s city of Truro.

The original Grade II Listed harbour is complete with Tall Ships and is perfect for Graham Winston’s (Poldark’s author) 18th Century setting.



Porthgwarra was once a busy fishing cove in West Cornwall with some boats still launching here.  It has a has a small secluded beach just around the corner from Porthcurno and enjoys a reputation as one of the UK’s leading mainland birdwatching sites. The secluded little cove is complete with a slipway, caves and tunnels, which evoke smugglers and pirates.  At the foot of the slipway there is a tunnel which was dug by miners from St Just to allow access to the beach so that farmers could retrieve seaweed by horse and cart.  The tunnel is perfect for swimming and rock pooling while the South West Coast Path offers unsurpassed views.

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor was used for scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara.  And the cast films action scenes on horseback, where, with rugged and wild character, Bodmin Moor provided the perfect backdrop.

It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and home to Brown Willy, which is the highest point in Cornwall.

Botallack to Levant

Poldark’s location managers couldn’t resist the rich mining heritage of the stretch of west Cornwall coast linking Botallack and Levant. Levant Mine plays the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack starred as Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure.

Padstow area

For some of the main cliff scenes the action moved to the Padstow area.

Fans of north Cornwall will recognise the amazing views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach (above), while the beauty of the wide sandy beach of Porthcothan is hard to miss in the scenes featuring Poldark’s fictional Nampara Cove.

St Agnes Head

Similar to Botallack and Levant, the engine houses perched on the cliff at St Agnes Head give us a sense of the scale of the mining industry in Cornwall.  This is the area whichh was used in Poldark to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Poldarks’ family estate.


In actual fact, Corsham in Wiltshire is where the took place for Truro, but the city itself was Winston Graham’s true inspiration for the story and was the location of choice for the world premiere of the first series.

Poldark Mine

Underground shots were filmed on a built set at Bottle Yard Studios but you can visit Poldark Tin Mine in Cornwall to get a feel of working in a mine.

So what are you waiting for? Book with Polruan Cottages, likeminded Poldark and Aidan Turner fans!