Family-friendly Poldark walks
For when you NEED to feed your Poldark obsession and have got the kids in tow…
The impossibly cute fishing cove of Porthgwarra with its wave-lashed tunnels, rock pools and ickle café is a real heart stealer. While grown-up’s wistfully dream of ‘that’ oh-so-memorable skinny dipping scene from series one, mini Poldark fans can get one step ahead on the 2.3 mile stretch along the South West Coast Path to Porthcurno. This short, and at times rugged, walk has eye candy aplenty with magnificent views at every turn and an abundance of wildlife – perfect ‘I Spy’ fodder! And have we mentioned the destination, swoon-worthy Porthcurno? Model good looks, chic style and clear, blue waters, it’s no wonder that Poldark location managers fell head over heels for this exotic looking cove. Explore the open-air Minack Theatre cut into the cliff tops and the superb Telegraph Museum, complete with secret World War II tunnels, before retracing your footsteps to Porthgwarra.
Holywell Bay beach walk
Gorgeous Holywell Bay with its sweep of golden sand and towering sand dunes has become somewhat synonymous with Poldark. Whether it’s Dwight and Caroline galloping on horseback, villagers hauling in the latest smuggling loot or Ross and Demelza wading through the shallows, the Bay with its iconic Gull Rock are rarely far from screen. Visit at low tide to walk the width of the beach and have races up and down the sand dunes. Kids will also love Holywell Bay Fun Park just a short stroll from the National Trust beach where Poldark meets fun. Entry is free and there are over 25 rides and attractions to keep the whole family busy.
Wheal Coates on Cornwall’s north coast near St Agnes is legendary for two reasons; the iconic tin mine which sits beautifully against a backdrop of the mighty Atlantic Ocean and hedgehog ice-creams! Yes, hedgehog ice-creams; they’re a delicious concoction of Cornish ice cream, covered in clotted cream and topped with crushed hazelnuts. Yum!
The circular walk from Chapel Porth car park along the coast path is as short as it is easy making it perfect for little legs. Not long after setting off Wheal Coates tin mine quickly comes into view and provides a healthy dose of Cornish mining history. After a few obligatory family seflies with Wheal Coates in the background the promise of a Hedgehog from the small café on Chapel Porth beach beckons before a few final steps back to the starting point.
Step onto the Grade II Listed harbour in Charlestown and you’ll pretty much feel like you’ve walked onto the set of Poldark. Oozing with heritage, kids will love its famed collection of Tall Ships and will have fun spotting the various houses and buildings that feature in the show as Charlestown doubles as Truro and Falmouth. Ramp up the excitement by working together as a family to solve clues on a 1.5 mile self-guided treasure hunt from Treasure Trails. As you discover hidden corners of this famous port you’ll learn fascinating facts along the way and may even find some of your own buried treasure.
Perranporth beach walk
Where it all began, the incredible three mile expanse of Perranporth beach is pretty hard to beat for wannabe novelists. Strike out along the South West Coast Path as it weaves across the towering cliffs above the beach and race to hunt down the memorial bench and plaque which marks the spot where Winston Graham’s writing chalet once stood. Young minds will be inspired to hear that it was here that Graham first penned Poldark and will be equally gripped by the awesome surfing action on show below. Grab a board and have a go yourselves, you’ll have your pick of fab surf schools!
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