On Location with Poldark: Trail Running & Walking in Poldark Country Botallack Cornwall.

Cameras and sound equipment next to 'Ross Poldarks' mine.

Cameras and sound equipment next to ‘Ross Poldarks’ mine.

The airing of the new adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark reminded me that I still had photos to upload from my summer trail running around West Cornwall (OS Map 102 Land’s End). The South West Coast Path around West Cornwall is fantastic any time of year. But in summer with the wild flowers out last year it was exceptional. The icing on the cake was stumbling across the set of the BBC’s latest adaptation of Poldark.

Props for the Poldark set being stored ready for use in a field near Botallack.

Props for the Poldark set being stored ready for use in a field near Botallack.

When I arrived they were on a break from filming and the security guard sunbathing against a Cornish hedge was more than happy for me to have a look around as long as I didn’t disturb him.

Gas pipe leading into fake fire grate on the Poldark set.

Gas pipe leading into fake fire grate on the Poldark set.

It was fun to see some of the hidden ‘tricks’ like the half buried gas pipe running into this fake fire grate.

Part of the set.

Part of the set.

I am not sure what this wooden structure will be, but I am looking forward to seeing it on screen, maybe that will give some clues as to how it is to be used?

Out of camera shot the actors caravans near Botallock Cornwall.

Out of camera shot the actors caravans near Botallack Cornwall.

Not so glamorous and out of camera shot were the equipment lorries, canteen and actors caravans.

The mine set. Poldark Cornwall.

The mine set. Poldark Cornwall.

The natural scenery in this area is stunning and will make an incredible backdrop to the Poldark series. Aidan Turner who plays Ross Poldark was recently interviewed about filming the series and said riding his horse along the Cornish cliff path was one of the best things he has done. I haven’t tried it on a horse, but I can say that riding the same area on ‘a pair of trail shoes’ is also very rewarding and when you see the pictures below I think you will see why!

Engine houses near Botallock Head Cornwall.

Engine houses near Botallack Head Cornwall.

The colours in the pictures on this blog have hardly been edited at all. With the  inducement of a runners high I would argue that they actually seemed brighter than this on the day.

Real sign not part of the Poldark set.

Real sign not part of the Poldark set.

The flowers in some areas were so thick and colourful they looked fake, but these weren’t part of the film set or CGI.

Old mine workings with Pendeen lighthouse in the background.

Old mine workings with Pendeen lighthouse in the background.

Having to stop so often to take another unmissable picture can really reduce your running pace.

Glorious summer flowers and old mine workings.

Glorious summer flowers and old mine workings.

Even at midday the sea breezes kept the temperatures manageable for running.

Old mine road leading to Levant.

Old mine road leading to Levant.

I cant wait to return next summer to run this section of the South West Coast Path again. And I hear on the grapevine that the Poldark film sets will be returning too; to film the next series. If you liked this post you might also like trailrunningcornwall: Cape Cornwall to St Ives.

Levant mine.

Levant mine.

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