Filming has just finished in West Cornwall for the fifth and final Poldark series.
The top stars of the hit show – Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson – have been staying in St Ives Bay and have been spotted out and about in restaurants, shopping, down at the gym and visiting attractions. Having been here for 5 consecutive years – the cast really do know this area well!
Once again late September/early October gave some fantastic weather for filming, showing Cornwall and its magnificent scenery at its magical best. We took a behind the scenes look at one of the iconic locations that is the setting of Wheal Leisure – Poldark’s mining venture.
Perched high on the cliffs, with dramatic views over the Atlantic, the imposing engine houses that dot the landscape are monuments to Cornwall’s 19th century mining heyday. The mineral rich rocks below created a hot bed of industry and expertise that spread across the world and Cornish miners and engineers and their families resettled in every corner of the globe.
At its peak, around 600 engine houses toiled pumping water from the deep and dangerous shafts below, supplying not just tin, but also two thirds of the world’s supply of copper. At Botallack, the Crowns engine houses that cling to the cliffs are part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
The behind the scenes support for this set was huge – a car park full of enormous trucks and trailers for wardrobe, makeup, editing and sound, as well as catering and security, not to mention horses and their entourage. With period styled sheds and props, working doors and platforms to emerge from, and the stunning sea as the backdrop Botallack was transformed into the hub of Ross Poldark’s mining holdings.
Now owned by the National Trust, Botallack is a great spot for walking (please note high sheer cliffs), learning about the mining heritage of Cornwall, and has a cafe and visitor centre in what used to be the count house for the mine.
Poldark also features some of West Cornwall’s best and breathtakingly beautiful beaches and coves.
On the south coast, Porthcurno stars as Nampara Cove and the memorable shots of Ross Poldark being watched swimming by Demelza were filmed at Porthgwarra. Around the Roseland, Kynance Cove has also been used for beach scenes.
A beautiful sunny day at Carbis Bay gave great closeups of Ross Poldark in a rowing boat. Porthcurno and Carbis Bay are particularly family friendly beaches with sheltered blue waters and great facilities. The Poldark stars have enjoyed all this stunning scenery and the odd dip in the beautiful blue waters. Read their thoughts here.
You can see some suggested family friendly walks around Poldark country here. If you want to get more info about Poldark in Cornwall – why not download the Experience Poldark app for iphone or Android!
To get a feel of life as a miner and go underground at a real tin mine – Poldark Mine, near Helston, runs tours of the 18th mine workings – some of the underground scenes in Poldark were filmed here.
West Cornwall has really been such a star of the series we will be really sad to see it end!