On Location: Our Favourite Outdoor Film Locations in the South West

We all love exploring in the outdoors and visiting new places, but visiting places that have been a part of our favourite film or TV series is even better! From Saunton Sands Beach, which is just a few miles from Saltrock HQ, or further afield in Cornwall, start planning your adventures, throw on your hoodies and head out at the weekends to pretend you’re starring in the films you love!


War Horse, the film directed by Stephen Spielburg, has several connections to Devon. The film was based on local author Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which was inspired by his conversations with WW1 vetarans in his local pub, and within the book Devon features as the main character’s home. With such a magnificent and untouched landscape, this is definitely a place to visit for a long walk, as Stephen Spielberg said “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor”.


Saunton Sands, one of several beaches within 10 miles of Saltrock HQ, has been the location for several different pieces of film, from music videos for Robbie Williams and Olly Murs, to filming Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, and the filming of A Very English Scandal, with Hugh Grant which is due to come out next year. The expansive stretch of beach, alongside Braunton Burrows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest is a great place for a walk with the family – imagine you’re taking part in the beach invasion in Edge of Tomorrow, or singing along with Robbie Williams!


In North Cornwall, this traditional quaint fishing village is a must visit if you’ve watched any of the Doc Martin episodes starring Martin Clunes. With winding streets, narrow alleys and picturesque buildings, stroll through the village and out to the surrounding rocky coastal paths before treating yourself to a cup of tea in one of the small village cafes.


Poldark, the popular BBC series starring Adrian Turner, has been filmed in several locations in Cornwall, but we thought we would share a couple of our favourites with you. Porthcurno, used to represent one of Poldark’s favourite places (Nampara), is a beautiful quiet beach with white sands and turquoise water – and is only minutes away from the infamous Minack Theatre. Another popular Poldark filming location is Charlestown, near St Austell – the unspoilt listed harbour was the perfect backdrop, and also used for filming Pirates of the Carribbean! Visit Charlestown to experience a mostly untouched Georgian village and pretend you’re starring alongside Poldark or Captain Jack Sparrow!


Tom Hiddleston starred in the most recent production of the BBC drama The Night Manager, and the crew headed to Hartland to film episode 2. His home was Blackpool Mill Cottage, also used in Sense and Sensibility in 2008, which is right on the coast. The South West Coast Path runs nearby, and it’s the perfect excuse to take a peek at the cottage whilst strolling along and admiring the rugged coastline. 

So what are you waiting for? Head out on an adventure this weekend and let us know where you end up!