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Basking in sunshine this afternoon we took a walk along the St Agnes coastline, the inspiration for Winston Graham’s Poldark, which starts tonight at 9pm on BBC1.

It’s easy to see where he got his inspiration as relics of the mining era are all around St Agnes.

The relics of the harbour at Trevaunance Cove and the old quay road a reminder of the mining era in the 1800s.

A postcard from Billy’s cafe in Churchtown, St Agnes shows the large ships,  which would ship in coal from South Wales and ship out the aresenic, copper and tin mined at Polperro mine, a heavily mined area on the St Agnes Coastline. More photos can be seen on the  walkway to Trevaunance Cove and in the Peace Gardens, Trevaunance Cove.

Trevaunance Cove Harbour, St Agnes, Cornwall


Koru’s North Coast Kayak Adventure takes you past this harbour and into the caves and archways carved out by the miners. Exploring Poldark Country by kayak we are often joined by grey seals who have made these caves their home.

seal and seal pup


Kayaking into the caves you are surrounded by brightly coloured rocks that have oxidised.

The Prison, Koru Kayaking, St Agnes, Cornwall-low res

Kayaking into caves, Koru Kayaking, St Agnes, Cornwall

Continuing along the coast we came to Trevellas, a stunning place to kayak through, on a calmer day. It’s also the home to Blue Hill Tin Mines, a working mine, which featured in the first Poldark series.

Trevellas, Koru Kayaking, St Agnes, CornwallTo book your North Coast Kayak Adventure along the Poldark Country click here.

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For more information on Cornish Mining and what the mined minerals were used for go to Cornish Mining – apparently the arsenic mined was used to make paint in Lancashire!