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Exploring Poldark Country from The Headland

Over the last few years the BBC One drama Poldark has injected renewed passion and curiosity into Cornwall’s rugged industrial past, its stunning mining landscapes and of course Aiden Turner.

Showcasing the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coastline, Poldark has been recorded at places across the county, and features many of our most beautiful towns and villages.

But where are some of the top filming locations you may want to explore? And how long does it take to reach them from The Headland?




Distance by car from The Headland: 40 minutes

Charlestown near St Austell is famed for its stunning harbour and traditional moored ships and has caught the attention of television producers before. One of the more recent occasions being the recording of an episode of Doctor Who with Matt Smith and guest starring model Lily Cole. For Poldark it represents the eighteenth century maritime ports of Truro and Falmouth. Wandering along the quayside you can almost imagine you’ve been cast as an extra in Winston Graham’s tales.


Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor

Distance by car from The Headland: 53 minutes

Bodmin Moor lends itself perfectly to the filming of many of Poldark’s horseback sequences as well as the outer shots of the lead character’s cottage, Nampara. The cast and crew spend a lot of time in this location creating the perfect setting for much of the show’s wilder scenes.




Distance by car from The Headland: 36 minutes

Many of the cliff scenes were filmed in the Padstow area with the eagle-eyed among us able to spot the stunning view across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach. The sweeping sands of Porthcothan are also featured as the real-life home of the fictional Nampara Cove.




Distance by car from The Headland: 1 hour 20 minutes

Situated near Porthcurnow, Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and is the location for many of Poldark’s’ most stunning scenes. Once a thriving fishing village, the tunnel accessing the beach cut from the rock makes it perfect for swimming and rockpooling whilst it’s peaceful surroundings are home to a thriving birdlife and wildflower population. One famous scene set here sees Ross Poldark taking a dip in its crystal clear waters.


St Agnes


Distance by car from The Headland: 28 minutes

St Agnes Head and the area between Botallack and Levant in West Cornwall are the inspiration for many of the mining scenes in the series. St Agnes shows the scale of industry and is used for the Poldark family’s estate, whilst Levant Mine plays the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill and Owles and Crowns near Botallack star as Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure. Many of the iconic engine houses still stand awaiting your exploration…


Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay

Distance by car from The Headland: 18 minutes

This wide, sandy beach is backed by grass covered dunes and is just six miles West of Newquay. It’s owned by the National Trust and features in Poldark as two separate beaches – one owned by the Poldarks and the other by the Warleggens.  One of its prominent features is Gull Rock – a slate outcrop a quarter of a mile out to sea which some say resembles a dog’s head.


So do you fancy exploring Poldark country yourself? Why not take a look at our latest offers – the perfect way to release your inner Ross or Demelza!