Poldark revisited, Cornwall
The current remake of the classic Poldark series sees Aidan Turner’s brooding good looks and his character’s turbulent life grip a nation, matched only by the county of Cornwall itself whose locations, wild and untouched, really take viewers back in time. Visit St Breward to see the cottage used as ‘Nampara’. Walk on Bodmin moor where horse-riding scenes were shot. Explore Levant Mine, the setting for ‘Tressiders Rolling Mill’, while Owles and Crowns near Botallack depicted ‘Wheal Leisure’. Church Cove is where the shipwreck scenes are filmed. Take in the beauty of Porthcothan, which doubled as ‘Nampara Cove’ and see the views over the Camel Estuary that captivates many.
Arthurian Legend, Tintagel
The castle ruins we see today are on the site of an ancient fortress, which belonged to a great warrior of the West Country, contributing to the legend of King Arthur and the tales of the great wizard, Merlin. The site has appeared in many TV and film adaptations, and for many who visit, it leaves them with a palpable sense of magic. There is a story of a young widow who placed the ashes of her husband in a particular spot, with an incredible view along the coast and out to sea. Years later she came across a box of photos, taken by her husband, long before they ever met. The very last photo was exactly the same view from Tintagel Castle were his ashes were scattered…
Rosamunde Pilcher Trail, Cornwall
Cornwall’s renowned author, Rosamunde Pilcher came to international fame with her best-selling novel The Shell Seekers. The book sold 5.5 million copies and was dramatized on screen. Many other works soon followed, especially popular with German speaking nations, where 14 of her novels came to life for television. All this attention show-cased the beauty and magnetism of Cornwall’s breath-taking scenery and its quaint and grand buildings. From Penzance to Pencarrow, you can follow in the footsteps of the characters and places that captivated the hearts of many. The sites include Land’s End, Penzance, St Michaels Mount, Lamorna, Prideaux Place and Pencarrow.
Doc Martin in residence, Port Isaac
The picturesque, inlet setting of Port Isaac, North Cornwall plays host, as the fictional ‘Port Wenn’ to this much-loved TV comedy drama. Starring Martin Clunes as the brusque village doctor with a host of local characters, the stories told pull at the heartstrings and tickle the tummy. The series was filmed on location with of most interior scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm. The setting sets the bar high for what visitors expect from a Cornish coastal community, with quaint simple homes and community buildings that have a history all of their own, just like the plain speaking folk who inhabit them.
St Michael’s Mount, Mount’s Bay
St Michael’s Mount sits majestically in Mount’s Bay making it a perfect location and back-drop to many a production, be it in film or for the small screen. St Michael’s Mount featured in both The Shell Seekers and Coming Home, popular dramas, by best-selling local author Rosamunde Pilcher. The Mount has featured in a number of films, Dracula (1979) as the exterior of Castle Dracula. In the Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983). In Johnny English (2003) it was used as the exterior of the Pascal Sauvage’s French chateau and in 2012, it was a filming location for the fantasy adventure movie Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.