Day 7: In the footsteps of Poldark
Today’s tour takes you as far as you can go in Cornwall,
down to the magical and unspoilt far West, the very end of England, where
beautiful white-sand beaches and rocky headlands are dotted with abandoned
mines and engine houses fill the landscape.
Start on the South coast with a view of St Michael’s
Mount and a visit to the church of St Hilary, with its magnificent frescoes,
painted by artists of the Newlyn School. From here, drive to Porthcurno, close
to Land’s End. Visit the famous Minack Theatre, a wonderful open-air theatre
built into the cliff edge that allows superb views across the bay to Pedn
Vounder beach, which is one of the most beautiful and widely photographed
beaches in Cornwall, chosen as a location for many scenes throughout Poldark.
head West to Porthgwarra, a picturesque fishing hamlet which has a slipway,
caves and tunnels that evoke images of Cornish smugglers and pirates. It is a
delightful secluded little place; the scene where Demelza spies Ross taking his
morning swim was filmed here.
Continue along the coast of West Cornwall, through the
quaint unspoiled town of St Just whose history is rooted in the mining, farming
and fishing of days gone by.
Nearby Wheal Owles is spectacularly situated on a cliff
edge and was used to portray Ross Poldark’s mine.
Free time for lunch in a local pub before contiuing along
the coast to the small village of Zennor and then bypassing St Ives, to St
Just. This drive is regarded as one of the most beautiful in the whole of
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 new series.
Finish your tour at Wheal Coates, one of the most
photographed spots in Cornwall.