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Eight Cornish places you might spot Aidan Turner topless

Eight Cornish places you might spot Aidan Turner topless

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:19pm 10th September 2018. (Updated at 7:54am 11th September 2018)

Filming for the fifth and final series of Poldark has started in Cornwall.

The final series of the Cornish period drama will pick up where the fourth series left off - with the shock death of one of the characters.

It will be based on the eighth novel by author Winston Graham - written ten years after the last installment.

See the filming plans for series five.

It is expected to return to our screens for a final time next year.

And whilst we're sad it means goodbye to the likes of Ross and Demelza, it means we'll get one last chance to spot them filming in the Duchy.

Anyone for another topless beach scene? Don't mind if we do.

Pirate FM has put together a list of the stretches of sand where filming takes place in the Duchy that you might want to try.

Among them, Porthgwarra - the spot where Captain Ross emerged from the sea topless!


1. Porthgwarra

Visit Cornwall says: "Once a thriving fishing cove, the beautiful Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and boasts a peaceful existence surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife.

"The memorable scene in series one featuring Ross taking a swim in the crystal clear water while watched from the cliff tops by Demelza was filmed here, as well the pilchard fishing scene.

"Porthgwarra is also home to the tunnel where Ross kept his boat which was used by Mark Daniels to escape capture for the accidental killing of his wife, Keren".

2. Porthcurno

Visit Cornwall says: "One of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches, it’s easy to see why Poldark location managers picked the exotic oasis of Porthcurno for Nampara Cove.

"With gorgeous fine soft white sand washed by a sea that turns turquoise in the sun and high cliffs on both sides providing shelter, it is a true natural beauty.

"In series two (episode two), Demelza and Ross find themselves walking along Porthcurno in a dream sequence on a spectacular sunny day".

3. Penberth Cove

Penberth Cove is a pebble beach on the Penwith Peninsula.

Cornwall Beaches says: "Penberth Cove is still primarily a tiny fishing hamlet. There is a pebble beach. A river flows down through the wooded Penberth Valley into the cove".

4. Gunwalloe

Visit Cornwall says: "Gunnwalloe, an attractive sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St Winwaloe on The Lizard, relived its smugglings past when Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast members and extras descended to film night-time ship wrecking scenes for series one.

"It’s also the setting for Dr Dwight ‘s most recent cottage which stands on the cliffs about two miles along the coast towards Loe Bar and Porthleven (view it from the little car park accessed via a lane opposite the Halzephon Inn)."

5. Kynance Cove

Visit Cornwall says: "With its pure white sand, turquoise waters and serpentine rock-towers, Kynance Cove makes the perfect setting for Poldark.

"It’s one of Cornwall’s most famous beaches so is a natural in front of the camera and provides long panning aerial shots, including clifftop riding scenes and the opening sequence of series two. 

"This is also where Ross is marched at the hands of his arresting officers, towards Truro jail, having just been apprehended at St Agnes Head".

6. Holywell Bay

Visit Cornwall says: "This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast’s wide open bays.

"With its iconic twin peaked Gull Rock just off shore, it has been used for many encounters between Ross, Demelza and sworn enemy George Warleggan as well as for the challenging horse races between Dwight and Caroline".

It is not all about the beaches either!

7. St Agnes Head

Visit Cornwall says: "St Agnes Head, where iconic engine houses perch serenely on the cliff-tops offering a silent reminder of Cornwall’s mining heyday, offers a natural location choice for Poldark.

"As well as doubling as Nampara Valley, it featured as the narrative and literal cliff hanger to both series one and two and has seen its fair share of horse-riding scenes".

8. Gwennap Head

Visit Cornwall says: "Just over from Porthgwarra and Porthcurno sits Gwennap Head, a dramatic headland with panoramic vistas across the Penwith peninsula.

"With craggy rock formations in the distance and crystal clear waters below, Gwennap Head offers truly breathtaking views and is a favourite spot for clifftop riding, chance encounters and long lingering looks".

You can read more about Cornwall's Poldark filming locations here.

Take a listen to what writer Debbie Horsfield told Pirate FM at the series four premiere in Redruth...

Take a look at what is to come in series five below...

Scroll through a gallery of previous Poldark filming caught on camera in Cornwall...


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