If you’ve been watching the BBC’s Poldark – the story of a man who returns to Cornwall to find his house wrecked, his father dead and his sweetheart engaged (sob!) – you can’t have missed the dramatic locations. With coastlines rugged as Aidan Turner, many of its beaches and cliffs are temptingly close to our hostels.
It’s not suprising this grade II listed harbour still attracts thousands of people every year – it’s the perfect place to recreate Poldark’s 18th century setting. With old shipwrecks and maritime collectionsjust 10 miles away from our cosy retreat YHA Boswinger, Charlestown is a fascinating place to explore.
St Agnes Head
Our cliff-top location, YHA Perranporth, has spectacular sea views and you can walk to St Agnes in just a couple of hours – we recommend the South West Coast Path scenic route. In the sea of gorse and heather, look out for engine houses of a tin and copper mining past. Part of Poldark’s sprawling family estate is filmed here too.
Church Cove, Gunwalloe
The setting for one of Poldark’s most memorable scenes, this beautiful sandy beach has a stream that’s ideal for paddling. There’s a tiny church set into its rocks and you can walk here from YHA Lizard Point in just a couple of hours, that is if you can bear to leave our former Victorian hotel and its unrivalled sea views.
Botallack to Levant
Spy Poldark’s Wheal Leisure and the Tressiders Rolling Mill on this historical stretch of Cornish coastline. Make the most of its rich mining heritage with a visit to the Levant Beam Engine, perched on the cliffs and still running on steam. YHA Lands End makes a fab base to relax after your day of history.
Madly in love with Nampara Cove? Take a walk to Porthcothan, one of the beaches along the Camel Estuary, and see its beauty for real. The area around Padstow was a fave location for cliff scenes, and our beach paradise YHA Treyarnon lies just a few miles away. Maybe one day Aidan Turner will come surfing with us…
A dream location for birdwatchers and nature lovers, this peaceful and secluded beach used to be a thriving fishing cove. Great for rock pooling with kids, you can still catch the odd boat launching out to sea. Why not walk there from YHA Lands End using the South West Coast Path; the scenery is breathtaking.