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Eleven of the Best: TV Location Walks

With the UK having such diverse scenery, architecture and history, it is no wonder that this glorious resource is exploited by the TV and film industries. If you’ve ever fancied walking in the footsteps of Poldark, The Vicar of Dibley or Doc Martin then look no further. We have created a collection of walks that take you on a journey of discovery through the real-life locations of many of your favourite TV shows…

 

carson downtonHere at iFootpath we love walking (no surprise there!) but we also love home comforts, especially taking chance to curl up on the sofa in an evening and enjoy one of our favourite TV dramas. We thought it would be fun to combine the two, so we have assembled a new collection of walking guides that will allow you to explore the places where some of our favourite TV shows are filmed. Since many British shows are filmed on location instead of in a studio, it can be a magnificent way to explore areas of Britain that you have never visited before.

Try visiting these filming locations from some of the best British TV shows, including Poldark, Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, Father Brown, The Vicar of Dibley, Downton Abbey, Heartbeat, Doctor Who and Merlin…

 

Port Isaac: Discovering Portwenn, Cornwall

The filming location for the British comedy drama series Doc Martin stands out as a star in itself. Although Doc Martin takes place in a fictional town referred to as Portwenn, it is filmed in the real-life counterpart Port Isaac on the north coast of Cornwall. Within one episode, viewers start planning their own holiday to enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer. Why not include a tour of Port Isaac with our walking guide that leads you to all the key landmarks including the Doc’s surgery, Louisa’s school and Mrs Tishall’s chemist shop. Read more…

Turville on TV, Buckinghamshire

Turville is one of Britain’s most popular TV and film locations and has featured regularly on both the small and large screen. The picturesque quintessentially English village will immediately transport you back in time and bring memories of classic TV comedies and dramas. The village is most famous as the home of the BBC comedy, The Vicar of Dibley. All the external scenes for the show are filmed here and fans may recognise the cottage by the church entrance as the home to the vicar herself, Geraldine Granger. Turville has also been used as the film location for a wide range of other shows including Goodnight Mister Tom, Little Britain, Jonathan Creek, Midsomer Murders, Lewis and Marple. Read more…

The Old Post Office Wallingford and River Trail, Oxfordshire

Midsomer Murders is a long-running classic on British TV. The detective drama series starring Neil Dudgeon and formerly John Nettles, has been running since 1997. Even if you have not visited Wallingford before, it may seem familiar. The town of Wallingford, and particularly the market place, has been used many times as the setting for the fictitious town of Causton in the TV mystery drama. The Corn Exchange, both inside and out, has featured as Causton Theatre. The amateur dramatics group based at the Corn Exchange often supplies extras for the TV series. Even Wallingford Parish Choir has featured when the story line involved the Midsomer Worthy Choir. Appearing in three episodes so far, they have sung carols, won a choir competition, received death threats and witnessed unspeakable horrors; a Midsomer Murder is always eventful! Read more…

Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire

Ask fan’s of Dowton Abbey where the iconic TV show was filmed, and they will quite correctly tell you that main set was in the stately home of Highclere Castle in Berkshire. However, less celebrated is Bampton in Oxfordshire, the real-life village that doubled as the village of Downton. A tour of the village streets will quickly reveal Downton’s church, hospital, pubs and home of Isobel Crawley. Read more…

Blockley and Batsford Circular, Gloucestershire

Father Brown is a period detective drama series which began airing in January 2013. It features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic Priest. Filming takes place in the Gloucestershire village of Blockley, with the Church of St Peter and St Paul doubling as the fictional St Mary’s Church and the village vicarage being transformed into Father Brown’s residence, the presbytery. Read more…

poldark series 2Botallack Coast and Levant Mine, Cornwall

The stretch of coast at Botallack (near St Just) on the western tip of Cornwall is rich with heritage of the tin mining industry and is littered with beautiful stone remains of the engine houses, winding houses and chimneys, adding more drama to an already dramatic coastline. In fact, this stretch of coast is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and has also been used to film many scenes for the popular TV series Poldark. Read more…

Corsham on TV, Wiltshire

With the beautiful Bath stone properties, cobbled High Street and an impressive Elizabethan mansion, it is no wonder that the town of Corsham has been chosen as a backdrop for so many films and TV dramas.  When Poldark isn’t riding his horse along the coast of Botallack, you will find him strolling around 18th Century Truro, which in real-life is located here in Corsham. The pretty town was also used to film the Sunday night feel-good drama, Lark Rise to Candleford. Read more…

Goathland and Mallyan Spout, North Yorkshire

Aidensfield is the fictional name for Goathland as the village setting for the police TV drama Heartbeat set in the 1960s. Alongside Aidensfield Stores you’ll often see an original Ford Anglia police car. The popular drama was first aired in 1992 and finished in 2010 with a total of 372 episodes. Read more…

South Tyne Rail Trail: Alston and Kirkhaugh, Cumbria

The Cumbrian town of Alston is a market town which sits high and remote in the North Pennines and claims to be the highest market town in England. It is also the terminus of the South Tynedale Heritage Railway, making it a sought-after filming location. The pretty cobbled streets and preserved station have been used as a film location for TV adaptations of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist as well as Thomas the Tank Engine. Read more…

tardis transparentSpeech House and the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The Forest of Dean gives a wonderful setting for this walk with dense plantations of coniferous and deciduous trees with thick carpets of moss and woodland flowers below. When the sun beams fall through the trees onto the moss below the effect is really magical. At any moment you expect King Arthur to emerge through the trees and in fact the BBC’s drama series Merlin was filmed nearby. Read more…

Penarth and Cardiff Barrage and Bay, Glamorgan

Cardiff Bay is bursting with heritage and literary links. Once docklands, the bay is now a huge leisure lagoon. It is also celebrated as the modern home of filming for the cult TV phenomenon, Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood. This walking tour will take you past The Doctor Who Experience, with its TARDIS sitting over the water. Read more…

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