Although Sunny the weather was still chilly for May so off to Port Isaac a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes. Parking in the main car park on the outskirts of the town we descended down the steep little lanes on foot to the village centre. On arrival, we noticed the film crew so I promptly was sent back to the car for the camera, while the wife enjoyed ice cream. You need to be fit to live in Cornwall as you always seem to be travelling up or down steep hills. Arriving back the wife asked where I had been and why it had taken so long, however, I bit my tongue and kept quiet, probably because I had only just got my breath back.
However it was worth the effort, The film crew were setting up the scenes outside Portwenn chemist, Watching a show being made makes you appreciate the amount of work involved in making a TV series. The lighting, props, and crowd control are managed to make sure that the result is realistic and tourist are not reflected in windows or the periphery of the shot. The series is shot in the village with crowds of people looking on. Once the scene is set the main stars appear and walk through their lines, 15 seconds of dialogue and that’s it. The cast was fantastic, stopping to take time to talk to the public, and pose for photos. Considering the slow methodical progress of setting up the scenes, in stark contrast to the when “lunch” was announced. Where a stampede of crew and cast rushed towards the catering van set-up on the beach in double time.
As the crew had gone for lunch, it was time to have a walk. Going up Roscarrock Hill past Doc Martins house and following the SW coastal path you emerge at the top of the headland and can really appreciate the beautiful Cornish coastline. The headland on a fine day treats you to magnificent views across Post Isaac bay all the way back to Tintagel (main image).
Port Isaac is a great place to visit, although not large the popularity of the Doc Martin (Conversational for some of the local population due to the crowds it brings in the summer) series has really put this small town on the map. You may not want to spend all day here but well worth a visit which if combined with a trip to Padstow it makes a great day out.