Poldark wouldn’t be Poldark without its glistening blue waters, its craggy cliffs and its sweeping expanses of romantic Cornish countryside.
The BBC drama takes us right back to the turbulent years of the late 18th century, with Cornwall as the timeless backdrop to plenty of topless bathing and horseback riding.
But where exactly are all the different filming locations in this rugged English peninsula?
Here’s what you need to know:
Where is Ross Poldark’s cottage at Nampara filmed?
Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s rustic Nampara cottage are shot on Bodmin Moor, along with many other horseback scenes. The actual building that stands in for his cottage is located near St Breward.
Bodmin Moor is also the site of the miners’ cottages, and is home to Dr Dwight Enys’s original cottage and Poldark Way.
Where are the Nampara Valley scenes filmed?
The fictional Nampara Valley, part of the Poldark family estate, is filmed using St Agnes Head. Here, old engine houses perched on the cliff edge give a sense of the scale of Cornwall’s mining heyday.
Naturally, the area has also been used for those classic horse-riding scenes.
Eleanor Tomlinson in Poldark (BBC)
Where is Trenwith mansion filmed?
At the grander end of the scale is the Poldarks’ ancestral home at Trenwith where George and Elizabeth now live with Geoffrey Charles and Valentine.
Producers opted to use Chavenage House in Tetbury, Wiltshire, for both exteriors and interiors. The Elizabethan mansion is now the family home of David Lowsley-Williams, but all signs of modern living (light switches, cables, radiators…) had to be covered up; gravel was removed from the driveway and the wallpaper and curtains were switched out.
Where are Poldark’s Truro and Falmouth scenes filmed?
Producers have made good use of Charlestown, near St Austell. It stands in for Poldark’s version of Truro, and – with its tall ships and old-fashioned appearance – plays the role of Falmouth.
Where are Poldark’s mining scenes filmed?
Levant Mine and Beam Engine in Cornwall (Getty)
The TV series shines a a light on Cornwall’s mining heritage with Ross’s mine Wheal Grace.
These scenes are filmed at the National Trust’s Botallack mine, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The engine houses, situated between the town of St Just in Penwith and the village of Pendeen, were built in the mid-1800s at the height of the Cornish mining boom.
Also featured on the show is Levant Mine and Beam Engine. This National Trust owned mine is well preserved and restored, and houses the only existing working steam beam engine (as featured in series two when Ross and Francis debate the merits of the machine’s inventor, engineer Richard Trevithick).
Levant appears on screen as Tressiders Rolling Mill, where the copper from the Poldark mine goes to be processed. The roofs of the ruined engine-houses were recreated digitally with the help of the visual effects team.
Where are Poldark’s beach and cove scenes filmed?
It seems Aidan Turner’s Ross Poldark is particularly fond of clifftops and beaches. That’s pretty understandable when you consider Cornwall’s gorgeous seaside locations.
With a huge expanse of golden sand and grass tufted dunes, Holywell Bay has made several appearances – with encounters between Ross, Demelza and George Warleggan, and horseback races between Dwight and Caroline. You may also have stopped its iconic twin-peaked Gull Rock, which sits just off shore.
Also featuring heavily is Porthcurno, which stands in for Nampara Cove. Here, producers found a beach with soft white sand, turquoise water and high cliffs on both sides.
You may remember Porthgwarra from that classic scene when Ross took a swim in the crystal clear water – while Demelza spies from the cliff tops. A peaceful spot with plenty of wildflowers and birdlife, Porthgwarra is at the heart of the St Aubyn Estates and is also home to the tunnel where Ross stored his boat.
The team also took a trip to Kynance Cove, which is one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches and proves great aerial shots and clifftop riding scenes.
Where are Poldark’s clifftop scenes filmed?
Ross and Demelza Poldark (BBC)
Talking of clifftops: nearby to Porthgwarra is Gwennap Head, a headland with panoramic vistas across the Penwith peninsula. This is the scene for many a romantic horseback ride.
Producers also made use of the windswept headland at Predannack Wollas, the cliff tops at Park Head near Porthcothan, and Levlizzick in North Corwall.
Via Radio Times.