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26th September 2016 | Regional News

Poldark Filming Locations: Our Guide to Visiting Them Yourself

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Based on the novels written by the legendary Winston Graham, Poldark follows the story of a soldier, Ross Poldark, who has returned from the American War of Independence. On his homecoming, Ross hears of his father’s passing, sees his family-run mine in a state of near-ruin, and discovers his fiancée Elizabeth is now engaged to his cousin Francis.

The popular television series allows viewers to understand what life was like in Cornwall in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The vast majority of the filming for Poldark was shot in Cornwall, as the regions open lands and crystal clear waters provided a scene-stealing backdrop for the period drama.

For those who would like to follow in the footsteps of Ross Poldark, we’ve unearthed five locations near our holiday parks that were used to bring the award-winning series to life.

Holywell Bay

With numerous towering grass tufted sand dunes, trickling streams and shallow rock pools, you will be blown away by the beauty of the area, which is just an 10-minute walk away from Holywell Bay Holiday Park.

In the first series of Poldark, there were two separate beaches in the storyline. One is owned by the Poldarks and the other, which is owned by the Warleggans family is Holywell Bay. In the second series, look out for the iconic Gull Rock, which acts as the backdrop to numerous scenes.


Video sourced from Anthony Bate

Park Head

The quiet and lesser known Park Head beach is a short 15-minute walk away from Newquay Holiday Park. The golden sands and crystal clear waters make this stretch of coastline breathtakingly beautiful. From the clifftops, you can see an abundance of local wildlife, along with Bronze Age burial mounds and fields that are lined with traditional Cornish hedging.

The history and beauty of the area appealed to the team filming Poldark in season two, so keep an eye out for scenes featuring Ross on horseback galloping across this very headland.


Video sourced from Cornish Drone Flights

Bodmin Jail

Located near St Minver Holiday Park, Bodmin Jail is where Jim Carter (Alexander Arnold) was held prisoner in Poldark.

The jail was built by Napoleonic prisoners of war, who carried 20,000 tons of granite from Bodmin’s “Cuckoo Quarry”. Discovered in 2005, the jail remains the only working execution pit in the UK. It’s steeped in both social and architectural history and has a reputation for being haunted.

Amongst those executed at Bodmin Jail was Matthew Weeks, who was hanged for murdering his lover Charlotte Dymond in 1844. Today, it’s said that Charlotte’s ghost appears at the site where Matthew was hung on the anniversary of her death. Over the years, serious doubt has been cast over Matthew’s conviction.

Porthcothan Bay Beach

Once a thriving fishing village, Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates. Located 20 minutes outside of Newquay, the stunning Porthcothan beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world.

In Poldark, this is the beach where Ross takes a swim in the crystal clear waters whilst he is watched from the cliff tops by Demelza.


Video sourced from TPSJONNY

Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach

A short cycle away from Mullion Holiday Park is Gunwalloe Church Cove Beach, which is located in south west Cornwall on the stunning Lizard Peninsula.

Usually a quiet family beach, this little cove was home to one of the most entertaining scenes in Poldark. Church Cove was the setting for the late night shipwreck scene, which was caused by smugglers guiding a boat onto the rocks using fires and lit torches. The smugglers plan was to steal the valuable cargo that was on-board once the inevitable shipwreck had taken place.

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