Poldark filming at St Agnes Beacon
Set along the beautiful Cornish coastline, the landscape is fitting backdrop for the turbulent drama of his hapless characters.
Poldark was a series of 17 novels that the Manchester-born novelist started in 1945. They told the story of a British Army officer returning home to find his lover marrying another man. In an attempt to revive his fortunes he reopens the family’s tin mine.
The dramatic coastal scenery near St Agnes became a source of inspiration for Graham, who moved to Perranporth at the age of 17. It was here on the north coast of Cornwall that he wrote the majority of his famous work.
The rugged landscape and mining heritage brought the famous characters, Ross Poldark and Demelza Carne to life. A local resident of the St Agnes Parish was even given permission by the novelist himself to refer to the area as ‘Poldark Country’.
Visit our St Agnes Beacon site
Our St Agnes Beacon site is ideally located for a trip to Poldark Country. Sitting at the foot of the Beacon, this peaceful site has unforgettable panoramic views of the coastline that inspired the story. The town of St Agnes is a short walk away, and beautiful beaches and surfing spots are within easy reach.
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"I love the Cornish countryside! Blue skies, blue seas, lovely floral meadows, gorgeous granite cottages and houses, what's not to like!" - Takethedogalong, Club Together
Perranporth, where Graham lived and worked is a little over 5 miles from the site. A stroll along the beach there at low tide will take you to Flat Rocks where you’ll find a Winston Graham memorial plaque. It was here that the novelist’s writing shack once stood before it burnt down.
The unspoilt landscape of Trevellas Porth is just 2.7 miles from the site. This location was used in the early adaptation of Poldark, and is a year-round dog-friendly beach. The area is also where the last remaining tin production centre in the UK is, the Blue Hills mine.
Trevaunance Cove is home to the ruins of a harbour that used to ship supplies in and out of the St Agnes Parish. The harbour was active until 100 years ago, and the ruins can still be seen at low tide.
Graham took some creative license and relocated the Stippy Stappy to Perranporth in his writing, but this quirky steep row of stone terraced cottages really sits in St Agnes village. These pretty little buildings housed the ships captains and are still a popular landmark.
St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates
The breathtaking landscape of St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates is just one mile from the St Agnes Beacon Club site. The Wheal Coates mine sits on the edge of the coastal path and stands as a reminder of the area’s once thriving mining industry. During low tide this mine can also be accessed from a large cave on Chapel Porth Beach. This area is particularly beautiful in the autumn when the heather and gorse is blooming, making it ideal for an early-evening dog walk.
The rocky cove of Chapel Porth is just one and a half miles from the site and has a coastal path with stunning views. The waters here are known for their turbulent Atlantic surf and the beach’s caves are an explorer’s dream.
The dramatic coast, rolling green hills and windswept terrain of St Agnes is a must-see for any fan of the great outdoors regardless of whether they’re Poldark fans.
Book a break and explore Poldark Country.