Today’s tour takes us to the very edge of England, to the magical and unspoilt far West, where abandoned mines and engine houses fill the landscape and Cornwall reveals its most individual and captivating side.
Start on the South coast in a tiny fishing village which has remained in the 18th century and was used in the second series of Poldark. From here, drive to Porthcurno, close to Land’s End, followed by a visit to the famous Minack Theatre, a wonderful open-air theatre built into the cliff edge that allows superb views across the bay to Ped Vounder beach. This beach is one of the most beautiful and widely photographed beaches in Cornwall, chosen as a location for many scenes throughout Poldark, and it’s easy to see why.
Visit a cove which was once a busy fishing harbor and has a slipway, caves and tunnels that evoke images of the smugglers and pirates for which this area is so famous. Drive through the quaint, unspoiled town of St Just, whose history is so typical of the whole area: rich in mining, farming and fishing from days gone by.
Not far away are the mines of Botallack and Levant. These both feature in ‘Poldark’, with Botallack and nearby Wheal Owles being used to portray the family mine. We will visit one of the mines as part of our tour.
Free time for lunch at a local pub, before continuing to Zennor, a small hamlet famous for the story of the mermaid who came ashore and entranced the minister’s son, who followed her back to the sea and was never seen again. A five hundred-year-old carved image of the mermaid can be seen in the church.
Final destination of the day is St Agnes Head. Winston Graham wrote most of his books whilst he lived in Perranporth just a few miles from St Agnes, and the landscape and characters around him during his life inspired much of his work. The area was used to represent Nampara Valley, part of Poldark’s family estate in the series.
We will finish our tour at Wheal Coates, one of the most photographed spots in Cornwall.