Think you know Poldark?

Published: Monday 9th Jul 2018

Written by: Harriet Wills

To understand Poldark’s character, let’s take a trip through time. It’s 1796 and the recent American War of Independence in which Poldark fought, has left the coffers empty. With (mad) King George III on the throne, Great Britain and her allies are soon to embark on war against Revolutionary France. Things are changing on the European Continent and even Britain itself came close to a revolution! 

Walking the corridors of Westminster, Poldark would have recognised these as treacherous times. As hungry people rioted and called for reform, around him radical political leaders were being arrested for treason. Remember the recent Truro bread riot episode of Poldark?

Throughout all the riots and turmoil, we get a glimpse of how dangerous it would have been for our Poldark to take on the role as a bridge between the working-class man and the gentry. Need we even mention his Cinderella statement marriage to Demelza?! But going so far as calling him ‘Poldark The Revolutionist’ – well, that’s for you to decide.

Stepping back in time might help us get to know Poldark better, but it’s even easier than that to get know his homeland of Cornwall better. Join us and walk in the footsteps of the dashing Aidan Turner… and Horace the pug as we take you on a whirlwind Poldark tour of Cornwall:


North Cornwall

Get a taste for Poldark’s Cornwall with a trip to the North coast. Discover those wild, seascape scenes where Poldark gallops across the cliffs by starting your morning with a coastal walk to Chapel Porth near Newquay. Then round off your afternoon with a picnic at the nearby Holywell Beach (the location of the Warleggans private beach).

Today’s top pick on where to stay on the North coast:  Obby Oss in Padstow (a rare find for last minute summer availability).







South Cornwall

Grade II listed Charlestown posed at the big smoke of Truro in recent Poldark filming. With its tall ships alongside the historic quays, granite harbour walls and china clay trading heritage, it’s the perfect spot to stop off at the pub for a local ale or cream team.

Today’s top pick on where to stay on the South coast: Varco, Fowey 






East Cornwall

Poldark has spent his fair share of time inside Bodmin Jail. It’s a fun day out for all the family and, with a pub onsite, a great place for lunch. Then walk off those chips with a lovely walk on nearby Bodmin Moor.

Today’s top pick on where to stay on the East coast: Rivendell, a property that’s brand new to us, be one of the first to book it this summer.







West Cornwall

Visit the abandoned buildings at Botallack and walk Cornwall’s Tin Coast. A mining heritage area, you might know these building better as Poldark’s Wheal Leisure mine (or Wheal Owles in reality).

Today’s top pick on where to stay on the Tin Coast: Tre-Pen in Mousehole


Harriet Wills
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