A few weeks ago Simon and I went on a little Poldark inspired adventure. Not only did we go down Poldark Mine, but we also went to visit Levant Mine although, we didn’t go down this one we just admired the view, and we also popped to Charlestown. All of these places were Poldark filming locations, and all lovely places to visit!
Charlestown we had been to countless times before, as it is not far from where we live, and is also a lovely place to visit for small independent shops, places to eat, and to see the beautiful tall ships that are there most of the time.
These ships have been used in a lot of films and television series, such as Apocalypto, Count of Monte Cristo, Doctor Who, Hornblower, Three Musketeers and of course Poldark. That’s not anywhere near a complete list either!
Charlestown harbour itself has also been a very popular filming location and I can remember the excitement of many when Doctor Who was filming there. You can easily see why Charlestown is so popular as a location on screens, it’s lovely down there, and has a great deal of charm to the place.
We also went to Levant Mine, and I was a little disappointed we didn’t have better weather for our visit, I can imagine how stunning it would be to visit on a clear day, as it was beautiful there even on an overcast day.
The actual mine is looked after by the National Trust, and now that we have our new family National Trust membership we intend to do back and actually enter the site properly rather than cheekily scouting the outside of it.
Visiting Levant Mine in the far West of Cornwall really set the scene for our Poldark day, as there are so many old chimney stacks and old mine buildings in the area, they are very hard to miss and it really does hit home how important mining was to our Cornish ancestors.
Poldark has shown people what a hard life it was, and I’m pretty sure these tough genes have been carried down in many Cornish people, especially in men like my lovely boyfriend, who works hard with his hands all day, and is exhausted a lot of the time, but just gets on with it (with only an occasional complaint).
The far West of Cornwall is very rugged, and in places not a lot seems to have changed from the era when Poldark is based. I came over all Demelza whilst we were there, and stood with the wind blowing through my hair, then regretted it when it took me ten minutes to detangle it!
We had a brilliant day out investigating Poldark filming locations, and I love that Poldark has inspired us to get more creative with our days out at the moment, and to go further afield in Cornwall than we often tend usually to. I also love that Poldark is showing others just how stunningly beautiful the county we are lucky enough to live in is.
Have you been to Poldark Mine, Levant Mine or Charlestown before?
Stevie x **Why not check out my post Over 100 Places to go and Things to Do in Cornwall.