West Cornwall

This idyllic cove ticks pretty much all the boxes you can think of: sand, slipway, translucent blue water and tall cliffs – not to mention that all-important Poldark connection (Ross was seen taking a dip here in season one). You can swim here too, but just take care as the currents can be strong. There's a sweet beach-shack cafe too, ideal for a post-swim hot chocolate.

You can drive down to the cove, but that's cheating – and you'd miss out on the wonderful walk from Porthcurno.

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3. Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

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4. Nanjizal

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5. Logan Rock


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6. Penberth Cove

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