Since becoming a Poldark fan, I’ve been totally enamored with the coast of England’s Cornwall. It serves as the location for the PBS drama, and becomes as much a character in the series as the actors themselves. So much action takes place outdoors… everything from shipwrecks to smuggling, romance to skinny-dipping (more about that later…)! When we began planning a trip the UK, I knew that I wanted to include Cornwall.
Cornwall is located on the very Southwestern tip of the United Kingdom (in case you’re uncertain just what comprises the UK, the United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The furthest southwestern point of Cornwall is Land’s End (yeah, there really is a Land’s End!). You can locate Cornwall on the very southern tip of the British isle on this map:
We decided to make St. Ives our Cornish home base. St. Ives is a resort town on the northern coast of Cornwall, with a very mild climate. In contrast to the chilly temps we experienced in Scotland, St. Ives was quite pleasant… balmy even!
Cornwall’s history is Celtic and it is sometimes referred to as ‘West Wales’ due to the strong ties with the Celtic heritage of Wales and Scotland.
The area’s landscape is extremely rugged and splendidly scenic. It’s beauty is beyond description and even the best photography doesn’t capture its essence, but that didn’t stop me from taking pictures, of course!!
We drove down to Land’s end and had fun taking photos and having lunch there. There’s a colorful old chap who has his photography hut next to the iconic Land’s End mile larker and, for a fee, will gladly take your photo and allow you to change the sign to include the date and mileage to your home. We couldn’t resist, despite it being a very ‘touristy’ thing to do!
You will also see in our photo that John O’Groats is 874 miles to the north, which is the northernmost point of Britain (and we went there too!). They call us ‘End-to-Enders’ because we have been to both places!!
Working our way up from Land’s End, we spent lots of time exploring the countryside, including some of the picturesque Poldark filming locations. It was incredible to see this gorgeous scenery in person!
This is Porthgwarra Cove, where this famous scene was filmed (raciness alert – Demelza is ‘sneaking a peek’ at a skinny-dipping Ross!)!
While we were there, we made a little video of our own – minus the racy part! LOL! Here’s the short video of a local fisherman we had the privilege of meeting. Just click on the photo below!
These caves were at the top of the steep boat slip down to Porthgwarra beach.
Porthgwarra Cove was more breathtaking in person that on the show. But even if you have never seen an episode of Poldark, if you get the chance to visit TAKE IT! You will see some of the most splendid handiwork of God’s creation!!
By the way, If you haven’t seen Poldark, you really MUST check it out. It’s a great series, based on Winston Graham’s historical novels. When a new season comes out, we simply cannot wait, and we usually break down and purchase the whole season so we can enjoy without waiting for new episodes (to make it easy for you, here is my affiliate link to the first 3 seasons: Poldark: seasons 1-3). I think it’s available on Amazon Prime Video right now too!
Thanks for joining me on our adventure in Cornwall! There’s more… I’ll be posting a Part 2 of our Cornwall visit next time!