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Portwenn Online
A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
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Locations - S1E1
Going Bodmin
Flying along the coast
Camelot Castle Hotel
Martin's drive into Portwenn
The Surgery
(see Main Locations)
Driving toward Aunt Joan's farm
Aunt Joan's farm
(see Main Locations)
Walking dog to the Police Station
Police Station
(see S1 Locations)
School (see Main Locations)
The Applegarth
The Platt - Portwenn Lifeboat Day
Port Gaverne - talking to surfers
Bodmin Moor - car crash and drive back
The Beach - talking to Chris Parsons
The Pub
(See S1 Locations)
Car towed onto Fore Street
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Flying along the coast
Camelot Castle Hotel
Martin driving into Portwenn
Port Gaverne - talking to surfers
Bodmin Moor - car crash and drive back
Car towed onto Fore Street
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In the opening shot we see Martin and Louisa on a small plane flying along the coast.  In the screenshots above you
can see places circled in red that match the places circled in red on the satellite images below.  

The first shot was near Treligga (just west of Delabole) and the second one was just east of Port Isaac.
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In the map below you can see the locations of the two shots.

The first one above and the second one below close
to Port Isaac.
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This is the first of several times this hotel in
Tintagel was used as a filming location.

The location of the hotel provides sweeping
views of the sea and the ruins of Tintagel Castle.
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Thanks to Eileen Hurley for
two of the interior photos
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Martin's drive into Portwenn takes place slightly out of order.  See the maps below (the larger one for Martin's drive into
the village and the smaller one for the routes taken by Martin & the movers once they are in the harbour area.  Then, below
the maps, you can see the screenshots from the episode with the corresponding shots from Google Maps Street View.

Martin's driving in from the north and we see his car first in Port Gaverne, starting up the hill toward Port Isaac (#1 & #2).  
The next shot is actually from a spot a little north, on the road heading toward Port Gaverne.  You see the "Welcome to
Portwenn" sign and can see Port Isaac in the distance (#3).  The real life "Welcome to Port Isaac" sign sits on the road as
you are entering the village (A).   Then we see the car coming down Fore Street just coming up to The Golden Lion
pub (#4).  The car then turns the corner next to the Fearless shop and finally turns onto The Platt.
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The small piece of concrete next to the
road identifies the exact spot where this
shot was taken
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On his way to visit Aunt Joan, Martin stops to ask
directions from two fisherman standing by their truck
along the side of the road.

Thanks to the tip from Helen Wrapson on the other
location, I searched the area south of Crackington Haven
and found the spot where the fishermen's truck was sitting.
Helen Wrapson pointed me to the exact spot where Martin
was stopped by the closed gate across the road.

She took a picture of the spot and I was able to find it on
Google Street View.  Notice in all three shots the red circle
showing the post on the right side of the road.
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See the red circle on the map below for the
location of Martin stopping to talk to the
fishermen.
The red circle on this map is where Martin
was stopped by the closed gate.
The yellow circle is the house that they used
for Shirley Dunwich's house in Series 5
The Platt - Portwenn Lifeboat Day
Driving toward Aunt Joan's farm
The Applegarth
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This map shows both locations.  The
circle at the bottom is where Martin
talked to the fishermen and the circle
at the top is where he encountered
the closed gate.

Interestingly, Aunt Joan's farm is
significantly south of here!
Walking dog to the Police Station
The Beach - talking to Chris Parsons
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This scene covered several areas of Fore Street.  We first saw Martin leading the dog as he came around the corner by
the Fearless Shop.  He continued up the hill and we next saw him walking along the row of homes called "Canadian
Terrace" before turning into the unit on the end, which was the home of the Police Station for Series 1.  As he walked
through the door, it was obvious from the views through the door that they were using the interior of that building.

On the way back down the hill, he was stopped by Lady Brading right next to the Post Office and Boat Stores (and also
the entrance to the school yard).  After writing out her prescription, he walks past the school (this is actually uphill from
where he met Lady Brading).  After spotting Louisa through the school window, Aunt Joan call him just across the road
where she is delivering produce to the village grocer.
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When this episode was filmed in 2004, the
Post Office and Boat Stores facade had just
a small window above the entrance.  The
building has since been remodeled to add
a wall of windows to take advantage of
sweeping views of the harbourfront.
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Most of the school interior scenes throughout
the entire run of the show have been filmed at
the primary school in Delabole.  But in this initial
epsiode, the dining room of the hotel has been
turned into a classroom.  You can see the
wooden chair rail behind the student.  Later in
the episode (at the bottom of this page) you can
see the shadow of the staircase that is visible
in the lower left of the picture on the right.
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We first see Martin with the dog
coming around the corner of Fore
Street (1) and then walking into the
Police Station (2).

After he leaves the dog with Mark
Mylow, he stops to talk to Lady
Brading near the entrance to the
school yard (3).  We then see him
walking down the hill next to the
school and stopping when he
sees Louisa through the
window (4).

Aunt Joan sees him looking in the
window and calls him across the
road to help her carry her produce
into the shop.  
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The Applegarth was filmed in a
large home overlooking the
sea, sitting next to the public
parking area adjacent to the
coastal path.

It's obvious that the interiors
were also shot in this home.  
Note the circled ground floor
bay window in the above
screenshot.  They match the
windows behind Martin as he is
talking to the couple.  That
window is also visible in the
picture to the left.
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This home appears to
have had major
renovations recently.  
This can be seen in the
picture to the left and
also in the satellite
image below.  The
larger satellite image
is recent and you can
see (in the inset) how
it looked on the
satellite view several
years ago.
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The Platt is the main gathering place for
Portwenn festivals.  You can see in the picture
to the right, that it is also the place for the
real Port Isaac festivals.
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The Platt is level with Fore St right in front of The
Mote, but as Fore Street continues downhill a
short wall is formed to elevate it from the street.
You can see in the pictures to the right that the
wall curves and continues down the slipway
toward the sea.  The festivals usually take place
on this elevated level and spread down to the
beach if the tides allow.
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Below is a photo of the interior of the Lifeboat House.  You can
see the square widow at the back through which Martin and Gilbert
saw Lady Brading canoodling with Ross the surfer.
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This is the spot where Ross was standing on
Roscarrock Hill as he shouted "You Tosser"
at Martin, who was standing on the stage
about to announce the winners of the fancy
dress competition.
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The festival is
taking place on
The Platt (circle on
the right)

Ross is shouting
to Martin from
Roscarrock Hill
(circle on the left)
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Martin is driving past the beach at Port
Gaverne looking for Ross when he sees
the surfers walking up from the beach.

You can see that surfers are walking
toward the Port Gaverne Hotel.
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Martin crashes his car somewhere on Bodmin Moor.  
You can see Brown Willy and Rough Tor (the two
highest hills in Cornwall) in the distance.

When Mark is driving Martin back to Portwenn, they
are driving through the abandoned Davidstow
Airfield.  The production uses this location quite
often to film driving scenes because it is so remote
and it's not a well used road.

If you enlarge the two pictures below you can see the
identical views (circled in red on Street View)
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Looking out Mark's window you can see
the old WW2 control tower for the airfield
and a smaller storage building beyond.
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Through Martin's window you can see the
tree line that runs southwest of the road.

In the Google Street View you can glimpse
Brown Willy and Rough Tor in the distance.
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In the satellite view to the left,
the yellow circle is the spot
where we see the police
vehicle driving along the road.

The black circle is the spot
where we see the old control
tower through Mark's window.

In the red circle you can see
the old control tower and the
smaller storage building.

The blue oval is the where the
line of trees begins.  You can
see those trees through
Martin's window.
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In this wider satellite view
you can see the old airfield in
relation to the two hills.

Rough Tor is circled in red
and Brown Willy is circled in
yellow.

The accident with Martin's car
probably took place
somewhere between the
airfield and the hills.
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Martin tells Chris Parsons that he's not
going to stay in Portwenn as they walk
on the beach.
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Martin's car is being towed back into the
village and they come down Back Hill, turning
left onto Fore Street.  You can see in the
street view below right that the school is
right across from the intersection.

As he passes the school he is distracted by
seeing Louisa through the window.
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Although most of the school interior scenes
are later filmed at the primary school in
Delabole, in this initial episode they did use
the interior of the Old School Hotel &
Restaurant.  You can see the shadow of the
staircase railing in the screenshot below and
the staircase can been seen in the lower left
corner of the restaurant photo.
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