Poldark Tour Day 2
This tour takes us as far as you can go into Cornwall, down to
the magical and unspoiled far West, where abandoned mines and
engine houses fill the landscape and Cornwall reveals its most
individual and captivating side.
Our tour begins on the South coast at Porthcurno about 3 miles
East of Lands End. We will 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. The beach can be seen in many scenes throughout the
series and it's easy to see why they chose it.
From Porthcurno we head West to Porthgwarra, a picturesque
fishing hamlet in the heart of the St Aubyns estates. The cove,
which was once a busy fishing harbour, has a slipway, caves and
tunnels that evoke images of the smugglers and pirates for
which this area is so famous . It is a delightful secluded little
place and the scene where Demelza spies Ross taking his morning
swim was filmed here.
After soaking up the atmosphere we then continue our way up
the West Cornwall coast through the quaint unspoiled town of St
Just whose history is so typical of the whole area, rich in mining,
farming and fishing from days gone by.
As we travel further up the coast we come to the mines of Botallack
and Levant. These both feature in the new series with Botallack
and nearby Wheal Owles being used to portray Ross
Poldark's mine. Spectacularly situated on the side of a cliff edge
the engine houses were built at the height of the Cornish mining
boom. Levant Mine was used as Tressiders Rolling Mill, and it
is the only Cornish beam engine in the world that is still in
steam on it's original mine site.
Lunch will be taken at either The Gurnards Head or The Tinners
Arms at Zennor. Zennor is a small hamlet and famous for the
story of the mermaid that came ashore and entranced the vicars
son who followed her back top the sea and was never seen
again. A 500 year old carved image of the mermaid can be seen
in the church.
From here our tour continues up the coast where we will stop to
enjoy the idyllic fishing port of St Ives. With it's stunning white
sand beaches, narrow cobbled street and painted fisherman's
cottages St Ives also has a strong artistic community. The Tate
Gallery St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth museum are situated
here as well as numerous other galleries and studios.
The journey from St Just to St Ives is regarded as one of the
most beautiful drives in the whole of Britain.
Our tour then moves on to our final destination of the day at 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.
We will finish our tour at Wheal Coates one of the most photographed
spots in Cornwall (also reputedly haunted by the
ghosts of the miners who died there).
are just £258 per day per car
(maximum of 4 passengers)
Included in the tour are:
All motoring costs, parking etc
Not included are;
Entrance fees where applicable
Coffees, teas or lunches