Dog walks at the Poldark filming locations

The new BBC Poldark series starts on Sunday and this year the cast and crew have been spotted at Kynance Cove, Charlestown, Holywell Bay, Bodmin Moor and Botallack. Here are a few dog walks around the Poldark filming locations. The new season filming begins in late September, so you might just get lucky…

Picture courtesy of the BBC
Picture courtesy of the BBC


Wheal Owles near Botallack is the stand in for Wheal Leisure, Ross Poldark’s mine, and therefore a key mining location. Find Botallack by heading to St Just and following signs to Botallack. There is a car parking area near the coast path, which you can follow along towards St Just, or in the other direction towards Levant mine near Pendeen, the location of the other Poldark family mine. It is very beautiful, but the cliffs are steep and of course, there are mine works here, so you may wish to keep your dog on a lead and take extra care. Nearby dog friendly pubs are The Gurnard’s Head near Zennor, The Tinner’s Arms in Zennor and we think! The Queens Arms in Botallack.

Click here for the National Trust circular route around this area This walk is about one mile and takes 30 minutes.

Picture courtesy of Meadow Holiday Park, Holywell Bay

Holywell Bay

A beautiful dog friendly beach, with wide, golden sands and a lovely little river running down to it, this is a wonderful place to walk, Poldark or not. There are also great dog friendly pubs in the area, with St Piran’s Inn right on the beach and Treguth Inn and the Smuggler’s Den nearby too. There are steep dunes to walk and play in, and again, steep cliffs, so take care.

Click here for a circular walk from Holywell Bay towards West Pentire and back inland. This walk is about six miles and takes two and a half hours.

3760bd6083bdbc1d18ae03462f003882Kynance Cove

An award winning beach of spectacular beauty really near the southernmost tip of The Lizard peninsula. Aidan Turner was actually here earlier in the year filming a version of the Agatha Christie story And Then There Were None, along with Charles Dance. The BBC crew were filming here yesterday, September 18, 2015. There are lovely walks from here around to The Lizard Peninsula and the Kynance Cove cafe is dog friendly, although the dog ban is still in place until October 1.

Click here for a circular walk to The Lizard from Kynance Cove. This walk is seven miles and takes two hours and 20 minutes., it is steep in places. If this walk is too much, you can take a gentle, surfaced route down from the National Trust car park to the cafe and back.

Photograph by Bev Teague
Photograph of ‘Namapara’ near St Breward by Bev Teague

St Breward

The BBC crew have based Nampara in a little cottage near St Breward and the cottages of Zacky Martin and the other miners are based here too. St Breward is a beautiful village right on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Do be warned it is unwise to simply stroll across the moor without a map or any guidance as there are restricted zones and some dangerous bogs on the moor.

Click here for a walk around St Breward This walk is 5 miles long and takes about two hours crossing teh Moor to the King Arthur’s Hall monument and ending at The Old Inn, St Breward, which has a dog friendly bar (and a roaring fire).


If you particularly remember ‘that’ scene when Ross went swimming in the azure cove, it happened at Porthcothan near Padstow (not Porthgwarra near St Just as is commonly reported, that was used for the fishing scenes). It is a beautiful beach and you can walk to it along the South West Coast Path from Harlyn, (about 7 miles) or start a little closer at Treyarnon or Constantine Bay where there are car parks. Dog friendly place to eat: The Cornish Arms in St Merryn, is Rick Stein’s lovely and dog friendly pub.

Click here for a walk to Porthcothan