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A Magical Cornish Village
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Locations - S1E5
Of All the Harbours in All the Towns
Padstow - John in boat
The Surgery
(see Main Locations)
Louisa and her surfboard
Martin runs to beach
Aunt Joan meets John on street
Melanie gives Martin a cake
Crab & Lobster
(see S1 Locations)
Aunt Joan's farm (see Main Locations)
Joan and John walking on beach
Elaine and Al kiss
Bert and Al parked up on the hill
Martin talking to Mark about Melanie
Joan and John picnic
Bert's house on lake
(see S1 Locations)
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Padstow - John in boat
Louisa and her surfboard
Martin runs to beach
Bert and Al parked up on the hill
Martin talking to Mark about Melanie
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The opening scene shows John Slater getting into his dinghy from his large boat.  This boat is moored in the harbour in
Padstow.  He is seen leaving the harbour and heading out to the sea to travel northeast to Port Isaac.

In several later scenes we see Martin talking to John in the harbour.  In the screenshot below you can see the building
behind Martin matches the one picture of the harbour on the right.
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Louisa is lust leaving Rose Hill and turning up Fore Street
with a surfboard when Martin greets her and runs up to
help with the items she has dropped.

After a short conversation she continues up Fore Street.
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After Louisa walks away with her surfboard, Martin
looks out over the harbour and sees John Slater
crash his dinghy onto the beach.

Martin sees this as he is standing at the wall the runs
from the pub.  He starts running down to the beach,
but instead of running down to the bottom of Fore
Street and around, he takes a shortcut.  There is a
small walkway next to the pub that leads down to the
patio behind - the village cannon is on this patio.  From
the patio he runs through a passageway that exits
right onto the Platt next door to The Mote.  This
passageway is the one with the "Crab and Lobster"
sign and is where the characters in the show usually
walk to enter the pub. The doors to the real pub are on
the other side of the building right near where Martin
was standing when he saw John's accident.  
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Martin runs into Aunt Joan on the street
where she is unloading her vegetables at
the grocers.  He tells her about meeting
John Slater.  As she is telling him to
say she's out of town, John comes
around the corner behind her.  

They are standing near the corner of Fore
Street and Back Street and John walks
around the corner from Back Street.
Elaine and Al kiss
Aunt Joan meets John on streeet
Joan and John walking on beach
Melanie gives Martin a cake
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After Martin leaves Aunt Joan and John, he walks a little way
down Fore Street and stops next to the tall wall just past the
entrance to the school parking lot.  As he turns back to look
at them, Melanie comes up the hill to give him the cake she
has baked.
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Aunt Joan and John walk on the beach talking about their lives since they last met.  The circles below show
the approximate areas where they are walking.  The tide was out and they walked among the fishing boats.
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We see Al walking down Rose Hill, turning down into Dolphin Street and running into Elaine standing there
between the two houses (the one on the left is Louisa's house - we see her living there in Series 2).  The girl
pack walking up Rose Hill sees them kissing as they stop at the metal rail at the top of Dolphin Street.
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After Al starts his relationship with Elaine, we see two different telephone calls that he makes
to her while his dad sits in the van on the outskirts of the village.  This was filmed on a small
winding lane that leads from the top of Church Hill to the Port Isaac Mill.
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Martin walks up to Mark while he is changing a tire on his police vehicle.  He discusses the problem he is
having with Melanie and the crush she seems to have on him.  The vehicle is parked right across from the
police station and next to the row of cottages that open out at the back to the harbour. Louisa lives in two of
these cottages in Series 3 and Series 4.
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Joan and John picnic
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Two different scenes were filmed at this location near
the sea on Aunt Joan's farm:  The scene with Aunt Joan
and John having their picnic, and later Martin
comforting her as John sails away.

These were both filmed at the same location they have
always used for the farm, but across the fields and
near the bluff overlooking the sea.  

An interesting note is that in the last screenshot where
Martin is hugging her, a stand-in is playing Aunt Joan.  
Stephanie Cole was there for most of the filming, but in
the scenes where the boat with the red sails is visible,
the actress must not have been available, so they use
long shots so that you cannot see her face.
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On the map at the right, the
two yellow circles show the
farm and the spot near the
bluff.  

The red circle at the top is
Gull Rock, which can been
seen in the distance.