Cornwall’s stunning scenery, with its windswept Moors and turbulent tides lapping rocky coves, is about to take centre stage in the eagerly awaited BBC Television adaptation of Winston Graham’s famous Poldark novels, with their tangled tale of love, loss and tragedy.
Forty years ago 15 million viewers were glued to their television screens as the intense period drama caught the imagination and at the time Cornwall received a massive tourism boost as the beauty of the county was showcased,
In the new adaptation even more of the county has been used and tourist chiefs will be expecting another tourism bonus as visitors head for locations which will be seen on our television screens from March.
Original fans thrilled to the drama played out by Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark, and Angharad Rees, as the fiery Demelza. The new adaptation is now set to make household names of broodingly handsome Aiden Turner (BBC’s Being Human and The Hobbit) as Ross, and Eleanor Tomlinson (BBC’s The White Queen) as Demelza.
Guests at CLC Trenython Manor will want to check out the locations for themselves as all are within a day trip distance.
The series starts off with a bang with an impressive shipwreck at Gunwalloe near the Lizard Peninsula and it’s not far to travel to visit the impressive Charlestown Harbour near St Austell which has a fine collection of old tall ships and has maintained its Georgian appearance.
The show also features the Padstow area and views over the Camel Estuary; nearby Porthcothan portrays Nampara Cove.
West Wheal Owles Engine House near Botallack is an important part of the Cornish tin mining industry and the site of a famous Cornish mining disaster when 20 miners died in 1893. The .3.7 mile scenic coastal path between Levant and Botallack takes you past other reminders of mining history.
The little village of St Breward, on Bodmin Moor nestles into dramatic moor scenery and is home to Cornwall’s highest church at 700 ft. It’s a great place to start some spectacular moor walks and is famous for its granite and china clay quarries. Poldark’s home, Nampara, and some of the miners’ cottages, are located nearby.
And where else could TV bosses go to shoot underground mining scenes but the Poldark Mine near Helston! It’s one of Cornwall’s most important heritage sites and a perfect example of 18th century mine workings and the only complete mine open to the public. It was re-named after the shooting of the first series so no homage trip would be complete without a visit!
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