England’s Cornwall

England’s Cornwall


Hi, I’m Rick Steves, back
with more of the best of Europe. And this time, we’re in the very
southwest tip of Great Britain. It’s Land’s End, and we’re
exploring England’s Cornwall. Thanks for joining us. Set on a rocky peninsula,
Cornwall is a fascinating land. It’s a pirate’s punch
of Celtic culture, legends of smugglers,
and mining heritage. It has a rugged appeal that makes it a favorite among
English holiday goers. We’ll marvel at some
staggering scenery, follow a miner
deep into a tin mine, and then we’ll eat his lunch. We’ll enjoy a sublime beach, chase blennies
in a Victorian rock pool, and then dine
on bigger fish. In the vast and dramatic
reaches of Dartmoor, we’ll chase wild ponies, ponder our own private
stone circle, and summit a big rock. The island of Great Britain
is made of England and the Celtic lands
of Scotland and Wales. In the Southwest is another
historically Celtic land — Cornwall. After exploring Cornwall’s
Penwith Peninsula from a home base in Penzance, we’ll venture north
to Tintagel Castle and finish
in neighboring Dartmoor. Along with its ethnic cousins Brittany, Ireland, Wales,
and Scotland, Cornwall was part
of the Celtic crescent that nearly circles England. The Cornish people spoke
their own language, which thrived for centuries. Mining and fishing were
long the dominant industries, but today, tourism drives
the economy. Cornwall,
with a half-million residents, is a county of England, unlike the more autonomous
Wales and Scotland. But many native-born locals
consider themselves Cornish first,
British second. The area is packed
with ancient sites, historic monuments, and peaceful farm hamlets. The Gulf Stream brings warm,
subtropical weather to Cornwall, making it perfect for gardens, walking, and basking
on the beach. We’ll visit the region’s
ultimate tourist trap first — the very tip of England,
Land’s End. Upon arrival, visitors pass through a gauntlet
of tourist shops. It’s a popular day
out for families. The goal — a point
where you really are at the end of England. This was once considered
the end of the known world, the last land to be seen
by departing ships. After gazing at the sea and guessing how far away
from home you are, get the answer, for a price, at the touristy
signpost photo op. A weather-beaten bluff
just a couple miles away provides the same Land’s End
thrill without the crowd. It’s Cape Cornwall. ## To be sure we know
about special places like this and understand them, I’m joined by my friend and fellow tour guide Tim Uff. Tim: Yes, so this little church
goes back to the 6th century. Just imagine a Celtic priest
living in there with just a little altar
and a fireplace. That’s all he needed. Rick: A short climb leads
to the summit of this
connoisseur’s Land’s End. Here you can sit
with the sound of the wind and the cry of the gulls. Enjoying the meditative view, I like to ponder
how this small island has had an impact
far beyond its shores. From the start, Cornwall’s
economy was based on tin. As far back as the ancient
times, Greek and Roman traders traveled all the way
to Cornwall for tin. You see, an important step in the evolution of civilization was the ability to mix tin
and copper to make bronze. And when people entered
the Bronze Age, they could make better tools
and stronger weapons. Tin mining was
the dominant Cornwall industry well
into modern times. This evocative coast is dotted with 19th-century
Industrial Age ruins. These desolate engine houses once pumped water
out of the shafts so they could mine
a half-mile down and then, under the sea bed, far out to sea. The ground here is honeycombed
with mine tunnels. In its heyday, there were hundreds
of tin mines in Cornwall. The industry peaked
about 200 years ago with the Industrial Revolution. Back then, the demand
for tin was huge, and mines like
these were booming, making Cornwall one of England’s
wealthiest counties. Ruins look almost ancient, but it’s easy to forget
that less than 100 years ago, thousands of workers spent
most of their waking hours in these crumbling buildings,
supporting their families. But Cornwall’s glory
days of tin passed. The iconic smokestacks today are the dramatic
remnants of Cornwall’s now-dead tin-mining industry, which just couldn’t compete
with cheap tin from abroad. Along with these old buildings, another reminder
of the mining heritage is the tin workers’
simple lunch: the Cornish pasty. So, this would be the classic
miner’s lunch, you could say. Tim: Yeah, the Cornish pasty.
So you’d hold it on the crimped edge
right here like this. And the idea was that if you did
have arsenic on your hands, then you would leave it
on the crust. Rick: It’s ’cause there was no way
to wash your hands when you’re mining.
Tim: Exactly. Rick: So you come out of the mine
and you’re gonna eat and you’re
hungry. Tim: Yeah, absolutely. Rick: So this is a “pasty”?
How do you pronounce it? Tim: “Pasty.”
Rick: Not “pastey?” Tim: No, pasty.
Rick: Pasty. Aright. Tim: Yeah, so eat away.
Rick: Mmm! Generally, what do you
put inside of a pasty? Tim: You’ve got steak, onion,
potato, and turnip, or Swede,
as we call it. Rick: So any bakery around here
would serve these. It would be a great
take-out meal for a traveler. Tim: Yeah, absolutely. There are thousands
of these made every day. Rick: God, the original
take-out food in Cornwall. I mean, 200 years ago
for the miners and today for the travelers. The last tin mine to close is now open to visitors, dedicated to telling
the miners’ story. The Geevor Mine closed in 1990. It represents the last hurrah,
not only of Cornish tin mining, but in a sense,
of Britain’s Industrial Age. Exploring it, you’ll gain
an appreciation for the simple, yet noble, life of miners. Though closed for decades,
it feels as though the miners could show up
at any time to clock in. The blasting schedule
was a reminder that punctuality in the mines
was a matter of life and death. The miners’ lockers
were left just the way they were on the day
the mine closed, with the miners believing
that somehow, they’d be back. Photos humanize the plight
of individuals who lost their livelihoods. They remind us that
when economics change and an industry dies, it devastates families
and entire communities. In a huge structure
nicknamed “The Mill,” the stone was crushed
to extract the tin. The miners brought in tons
and tons of raw ore, which was put into big drums like this,
which would then tumble. And with the help
of metal balls like this, it would break the ore into
smaller and smaller pebbles. The noise must have
been deafening in here. You’ll see how a vast room full
of shaking tables, like giant machines
panning for gold, separated the tin
from the waste. Tin and other heavy metals, are the dark material
at the back, while the lighter waste
slowly shakes forward. With 90 tables shaking each day,
hundreds of tons of rock gradually gave up
a few tons of coveted tin. For the finale of your visit,
you slip on a coat, don a hard hat, and head both underground
and back in time, deep into one of the
original 18th-century mines. The shafts, narrow and low, give you a sense
of the difficult life of miners and their perilous
working conditions. Former mine employees
serve as guides, and are happy
to tell the story. Guide: Here we are:
we’re in a section of tunnel that’s 250 years old,
approximately. This mine itself didn’t work
under the ocean, but a lot of mines
in this district, the St. Just mining district,
went under the ocean for sometimes a distance
of a mile-and-a-half. Rick: Tin mining is
hard-rock mining, where you look for a lode, and then follow veins of tin
through the surrounding rock. Guide: And once they establish
where the tin is, then they work upwards
through the earth and downwards through the earth, extracting that vein
from the rock. Rick: Even under the sea if necessary.
Guide: Even under the sea, yeah. Rick: So if they took 100 tons
of rock out of the mine, how much tin
would they hope to find? Guide: Just one ton.
Rick: One ton. That’s hard work. Guide:
It is extremely hard work. Rick: Cornish mining had
a diaspora in the 1800s, with large numbers
of skilled miners emigrating. Guide: The Cornish miner has
moved all over the world from Canada and North America and Mexico, down into
South America, New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa, even Cuba. There’s hundreds of thousands
of people around the planet now that are directly related
to those Cornish miners who took their skills with them. And in fact,
there was a definition, and it still holds true today,
really, largely, that a mine is a hole
in the ground with a Cornishman at the bottom. Rick: For me, the top charms
of Cornwall are gathered in its extreme
western tip, the Penwith Peninsula. Touring this unforgettable
30-mile loop features rugged, windblown scenery. Content cows ignore the views. Little hamlets
with their stony barns are just going through
another century. Skinny country lanes are lined
by towering hedgerows. I’m glad Tim’s
doing the driving. You can hear the branches
scraping both sides of the car at the same time. The winding hedgerows built before motor traffic
are an icon of Cornwall. While they may look soft,
they’re hard as rock. These date back
to medieval times, when farmers cleaned up
their fields by stacking rocks to make walls lining the lanes. They have a stone frame,
are filled with earth, and then are overgrown
with vegetation. Those who get out of the car
and hike are richly rewarded. Walking all or even part
of the Southwest Coast Path, you’ll enjoy memorable moments
around every corner. This coastline had more than
its share of unscrupulous trade. There were pirates, mostly
state-sanctioned buccaneers plundering the coast of France
and French shipping. And there were smugglers dealing
in highly-taxed contraband like spices and booze. Tough little Lamorna Cove
was a favorite for smugglers. You can imagine them quietly beaching their boats
by moonlight. Eventually the cove went legit
with the granite trade. Imagine the work involved
in quarrying and then shipping slabs
of granite from this tiny bay. The massive embankment
of the river Thames back in London
didn’t just happen. It was made from huge stones
quarried from places like this and then shipped. Nearby hides another
coastal delight: Penberth Cove,
a tiny fishing port. Its “capstan,” or winch,
still hauls a few tough little boats up
the cobbled landing. The stones are scarred
by grooves worn by generations
of hard fishing. Rick: I find this so evocative
with the capstan and these old fishing boats. When you see this port,
what do you think of? Tim: I mean, this is
going back to the time when pilchards were
a very important part of the Cornish economy. I mean, all around
the Cornish coast, there were as many
little pilchard coves as they could squeeze in. Rick: What’s a pilchard? Tim: Well, a pilchard’s
a large sardine. Rick: And why are they
important? Tim: They were a huge
part of the diet
of the Cornish people and a big part of the economy
of Cornwall for centuries. Whether you were a farmer
or a fisherman or a miner, it was a big part of your diet. It’s how you survived
the winter. Rick: So what would it be like
if you lived here back when pilchards were the key
to surviving the winter? Tim: Well, you’d have a huer up
on the cliff, and his job was to really look
to see if the sea turned purple. If the sea turned purple, then
the pilchards were coming in, and he would call
with his big trumpet, shouting, “Hevva, hevva!” which was the cry of the fish, and then they would
all come running down and push the big seine boats out and pull the mile-long net out. And then everybody
would come down and help out. Five million fish in one net was the most they ever caught
in St. Ives once. Rick: And it really helped them
get through the winter. Tim: Yeah, they needed
to catch those fish. If they missed it,
they would possibly starve. ## Rick: Hiking the
Penwith Peninsula can be like exploring an
open-air archeological museum. It’s dotted with stony souvenirs
from around 2,000 B.C. Stone circles hosted
ritual gatherings and functioned
as celestial calendars. These stones
were covered with turf, likely a burial mound
or tomb of some local chief. And weathered crosses
helped guide Irish pilgrims traversing Cornwall
on their trek to Spain. A hidden surprise on this
otherwise-rugged coast is the delightful beach
at Porthcurno. With its graceful arc
and golden sand, it seems to have been imported
from some faraway tropical
paradise. In fact, if you try
hard to forget you’re at such
a northern latitude and pretend the water
isn’t so cold, you could swear
you’re in the French Riviera. It’s a hit with both parents
savoring a hard-earned break and their frolicking children
enjoying the surf. But running below the sand, unnoticed
by these holiday makers, is a historic cable. It leads to a fascinating museum
all about the telegraph. Porthcurno was strategic
for its telegraph station, the largest in the world
back in the 1920s. The British ruled
a global empire and needed a way to communicate
with its far-flung colonies. It developed a way
to send Morse code messages through cables
across the seas. Exhibits of early
teletype machines explain these significant
technological strides in what’s nicknamed
the “Victorian Internet.” This was really important. In 1869, it took six weeks to get a message
from here to India, then after they laid
the cables in 1870, it took nine minutes. Eventually,
180,000 miles of cable like this was laid on ocean
floors across the planet. And this little
port was its hub. But today Porthcurno’s big draw
is a dramatic open-air theater. The Minack Theatre is
carved out of a rocky cliff and gorgeously landscaped. Built in the 1930s by the visionary theater
lover Rowena Cade, its stage is perched
hundreds of feet over the sea. A visit by day lets you relax
in the garden-like setting with its exotic plants thriving in
the subtropical climate. If the weather’s fine,
grab a grassy seat and go English. Enjoy
a cream tea, picnic-style. Tim: Well, you’ve also got
your jam on first and you’ve got to put the cream
on the top when you’re in
Cornwall. Rick: That’s a lot of cream.
Tim: Oh, yeah. Just a little dollop
on the top like that, and that’s exactly
how you’re supposed to have it. Rick: That’s how you do it?
Tim: Yeah. Rick: You are one
of my favorite guides. Tim: I’m gonna finish
this one off. Rick: Mmm! You can watch the seabirds. Gannets glide looking
for a fresh fish lunch. When they spot one,
they dive for it and hit the water
at 60 miles/hour. I’m staying for tonight’s
performance. Throughout the season,
theatre lovers enjoy inexpensive plays in this
unforgettable setting. Actor: Now I’m perfect.
Actress: What are you doing?! Rick: The adorable little port
of Mousehole is famous for smuggling and for fishing. Its cute harbor
is protected from the wild sea with an entrance narrow
as a mouse hole. Due to the dramatic tides, the boats here are designed
to be stranded in the mud and stay upright until the water
returns with the next high tide. Modern beach fun today, but I get a sense this has been a protected harbor
for centuries. Tim: Yeah, we’re stood
on a harbor wall here which dates back
to the 14th century. And much of the village
is the same. A lot of it was destroyed then
by the Spanish Armada in 1595. Rick: So it was the Spanish
Armada out there lobbing
cannonballs — 1595? Tim: Yeah, they rebuilt
in the 17th century, but you can still
find cannonballs in some of the houses now. Rick: These days,
the town handles its flood of summer tourists
and day-trippers beautifully. It’s a hit with visitors, and hardy English holiday goers
gather along the embankment to avoid the wind
and catch the sun. Nearby is a rock pool built a century ago
for Victorian kids to enjoy the sea life
stranded there with each low tide. Chasing fast crabs and darting
blennies delights children to this day. The South West Coast Path laces together the entire coastline
of the Penwith Peninsula, often becoming
an easy seaside stroll. Standing dramatically
just off the coast is St. Michael’s Mount. This rock island has been inhabited
for over 1,500 years. Once a Benedictine monastery,
it was later a fortified castle and eventually
a stately home. And through the centuries,
people have minded the tides, just as tourists do today, as they venture
across this causeway. The seaside trail broadens
to a promenade as it passes Penzance, long the leading port
of the peninsula. Today’s Penzance is a blue-collared
transportation hub with a hardscrabble edge. Its facades, while impressive
back in the Victorian age, are a bit shabby now. Rough and real Penzance is my
favorite home base in the area. Entire streets are lined
with small guest houses and B&Bs. It’s an enjoyable place
to come home to at the end of a busy
sightseeing day. Tonight we’re dining out, and around here,
seafood’s a good bet. Throughout England these days,
young restaurateurs and creative
chefs are putting Britain’s reputation
for boring food to rest. The service is friendly… and the atmosphere is
casual and fun. We’re enjoying a sampler
plate of today’s catch. And for our main course,
it’s hake, lobster, and haddock —
all locally caught. An hour’s drive north
is Tintagel Castle, the legendary home
of King Arthur. Rocky, remote, and romantic, the ruins, while scant,
are strikingly situated. As you explore, appreciate
the naturally fortified, easily defensible position
of this rock-top castle. The real King Arthur,
if he actually existed, was supposedly born here and ruled his lands
from this desolate outpost. Recent digs do indicate
that this place was a curiously important center of trade back
in early medieval times. ## While the popular tales
of Camelot are pure fantasy, they may have been based
on a real person. While there’s no physical record
of a King Arthur, experts have reason
to believe that a ruler by that name probably
lived in this area back in the 6th century. A short drive further
north takes us out of Cornwall and into the neighboring
county of Devon, where we venture into remote
and windswept Dartmoor. Perched on the edge of the moor,
the tiny town of Chagford is an easy home base
for exploring Dartmoor. The small-town atmosphere
here makes you feel like you’ve stepped
into a time warp. It has a classic
English-village feel with a picturesque church
and cemetery and cozy pubs that double as inns for hikers
to spend the night. One of England’s most
popular national parks, Dartmoor is one
of the few truly wild places left in this densely
populated country. A moor is characterized by open
land with scrubby vegetation. England’s moors are
vast medieval commons, rare places where all can pass, anyone can graze
their livestock, and, in the case of Dartmoor,
ponies run wild. Dartmoor sits on
a granite plateau, and occasionally
bare granite peaks called “tors” break
through the heather. Rising like lonesome
watch towers, these distinctive landmarks are the goal of popular hikes. Haytor is the most famous
of these rocks. For the tenderfoot,
the climb to its summit can be a challenge. It’s not El Capitan,
but it’s hard to beat that king-of-the-mountain
feeling and the rewarding views
that come with it. A well-planned walk through
the moors rewards day hikers with vivid memories. Stone-slab clapper bridges,
some medieval, and some even ancient, remind hikers that
for thousands of years, humans have trod
these same paths and forded these same streams. Tall stones guided
early travelers. This one, erected by pagans long before
Christianity arrived, was later carved
into a cross. The iconic ponies
of Dartmoor run wild. Their ancestors
were the working horses of the local miners. Living in the harsh
conditions of the moor, these ponies are a hardy
breed known for their stamina. Today they’re beloved
among hikers for the romance they bring to
the otherwise stark terrain. Of the hundreds of neolithic ruins that dot
the Dartmoor landscape, the Scorhill Stone Circle
is my favorite. Tranquil and nearly forgotten, erected some 4,000 years ago by mysterious people
for mysterious reasons, it’s yours alone, the way a stone
circle should be. It’s just you
and your imagination. Enjoy the quiet. Ponder the 40 centuries
of people who’ve made this enchanting landscape their home and the wisdom of today’s
English to protect it and keep it pristine. From Land’s End to
the wild wonders of Dartmoor, I hope you’ve enjoyed
our swing through Cornwall and the southwest of England. Thanks for joining us.
I’m Rick Steves. Until next time,
keep on travelin’. You can see a gannet
with two black eyes. [ Both laugh ] Simon, will you
eat this, please? Simon: The things I do for you. [ Laughs ] Simon: A little less
arm swing, yeah.

100 Comments

  • Mae Vlogs

    February 16, 2019

    I’m Cornish not British and I am proud of it 😊

    Reply
  • Erik Jasek

    February 17, 2019

    the Cornish have a lot of similarities with the Dornish from Gome of Thrones.

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  • EricoChico

    February 21, 2019

    18:21 man or woman?

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  • The Acrylic Cat

    March 5, 2019

    Cornwall does NOT belong to England!

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  • adam veera

    March 9, 2019

    super

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  • วิโรจน์ พลเจริญ

    March 12, 2019

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  • thomas b

    March 12, 2019

    it's a beautiful world. my country is but a child – Canada! thanks Rick. happy trails!

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  • jharris947

    March 13, 2019

    It's NOT 'Corn Wall'…it's Cornwall.  🙂

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  • Frantisek Janosik

    March 14, 2019

    thank you ,for your documentary..

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  • socobliss

    March 17, 2019

    video doesn't work

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  • Aquarius Savior

    March 20, 2019

    Hands across Central America: finding the world's shortest Einstein, and then holding hands with him, too, conditionally… or not.

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  • billy budd

    March 23, 2019

    The long history and classic understatement of the English summed up in the throwaway line by the guide as they walked past the ruined little church that dates back to the sixth century!

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  • Merrel Gallias

    April 25, 2019

    No one makes Cornish pasties like the Cornish…..Yum mmmm

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  • Dwayne Hicks

    April 29, 2019

    Vote for CARL BENJAMIN South West MEP

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  • aaronmestizo

    May 1, 2019

    I heard about Cornwall from Poldark…Looks magnificent!! Grew up with pasties..The miners from the old country brought them when they came to work the slate mines in Pennsylvania.

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  • Mike Ivy

    May 1, 2019

    We can’t wait to visit ur beautiful country…and I can’t wait to have clotted cream on my scone!

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  • EPV_ Pantera

    May 10, 2019

    Li mortacci tua

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  • Fernando Ecamp

    May 14, 2019

    5:45 we have an exact replica of these pastys (or pasties) but smaller version in Argentina, same exact crimped edge, same ingredients, didn't know that we were in a copyright infringement from the Cornish miners!

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  • Tamzin Menadue

    May 16, 2019

    Geevor wasn't the last mine to close South Crofty was in 1998

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  • Sheila T.

    May 20, 2019

    Love those Pasties.

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  • Wassson

    May 27, 2019

    Cornwall a country my friend

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  • Federico Pieri

    June 1, 2019

    Gacci tesen

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  • Chloe Hoskins

    June 5, 2019

    U don’t know Cornwall I’m literally from there

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  • Lyndon McPaul

    June 6, 2019

    Cornwall looks like a great place to visit if your rugged up with at least a few layers of clothing and have a hip flask of whisky to warm the bones. Unfortunately I quit drinking years ago, so will just have to content myself with a warm, sunny Australian beach.

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  • Bob Schoepen jr

    June 7, 2019

    We just returned back to Belgium after a week of Impressive walks, friendly people and the best food in beautiful Cornwall and already felt homesick for the first time to…Cornwall….sigh …😔

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  • JEOGRAPHY Songs For Kids

    June 8, 2019

    As an humble man, from a poor American village, traveling is not something that may ever be in my budget. However, I've thoroughly enjoyed with these amazing glimpses into some of the most beautiful places in the world that Mr. Rick so kindly and richly brought to us over the years. Thank you so much Mr. Rick for sharing with me the joy of travelling and getting to know different places, peoples and cultures! Best wishes from Arkansas.

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  • Abdul Hadi Yazid

    June 9, 2019

    In Malaysia, we call Pasties "karipap" given the same look albeit ours are smaller in size

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  • Andrew Doubtfire

    June 9, 2019

    I bet he’s reckless behind closed doors.

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  • Andrew Doubtfire

    June 10, 2019

    17:35 slight error. Spanish Armada was 1588 not 1595.

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  • Fluffys Mum

    June 11, 2019

    Just so you know, Cornwall isn't England, it has minority status, just like Wales

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  • anilchauisms

    June 11, 2019

    Great video

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  • Nexus

    June 12, 2019

    Rick what a lovely man you are, a sheer delight to listen to you. All the best

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  • Monnie Garland

    June 30, 2019

    Brilliant video…thankyou for sharing such fascinating places…I live in Plymouth now but lived in Cornwall 46 years and love both but Cornwall will always have a special place in my heart❤ 😁👌

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  • Britonbear

    June 30, 2019

    England? Wash your mouth out. 😉 Nice vid.

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  • zzebowa

    July 9, 2019

    There are a lot of descendants of Cornish miners in California in places like Nevada City, and Auburn. I even ate a pastie there once!

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  • Andy G

    July 13, 2019

    21:24 You're on the wrong side of the road!

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  • Harry Chown

    July 15, 2019

    And we're exploring America's California.
    No, it just sounds strange. Who's ever said "England's Cornwall". Just say "and we're exploring Cornwall".

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  • Harry Chown

    July 15, 2019

    There's numerous places which are more wild and remote than Dartmoor. Yorkshire Moors, Northumberland National Park and the Cheviots, and parts of the Lake District. The Yorkshire Dales are pretty much on a same level as Dartmoor.

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  • ann partoon

    July 16, 2019

    how about making part 2 to include Truro, surfing beaches and much more

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  • Gene Kelly

    July 16, 2019

    Any chance that tin mining might revive? tin prices keep going up.

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  • Christos Kallias

    July 17, 2019

    Not sure why, but the landscape (I mean architecture etc not nature) reminds me of Southern Europe

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  • Helen Ross

    July 18, 2019

    Thank you for such wonderful footage of Cornwall. Thoroughly enjoyed it 😍

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  • nickelelr

    July 18, 2019

    10:22 it's me

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  • nickelelr

    July 18, 2019

    The former miner tour guide seemed on the verge of tears 🙁

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  • exeterweathermodification watch

    July 19, 2019

    This is where I come from. Where I was inbread & born.

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  • buffalo 12

    July 20, 2019

    I grew up watching your show on BBC channel Los Angeles it's great to see you on you tube Big fan of yours keep up the good work.

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  • Chris Leare

    July 21, 2019

    Cornwall, my home and safe place!

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  • Renee Whitehead

    July 22, 2019

    My Great Grandfather worked there and then came to Michigan USA to work the copper mines and found even worse conditions. I had tears in my eyes when I went on the tours and found out the working conditions that they went through. They were in debt when they got here and stayed in debt as long as they worked in the mines. Generations of our family was lost to these mines. I still find it so familiar that they left one peninsula to come to another. I still have family there although most moved to New Zealand. If the surname "Teddy" means anything to you please give me a shout.

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  • Colonel Bogie

    July 23, 2019

    How can it be England's Cornwall… it's simply Cornwall, a nation of Celtic origins, subjugated by the English!

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  • Doreen Fawcett

    July 23, 2019

    Such a beautiful place

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  • Invisable Man

    July 24, 2019

    Hi Rick! I really wonder what made you not to mention St.Ives? Or, you just missed out !? Or you're just kidding us…

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  • Depressie Spaghetti

    July 28, 2019

    I live in Cornwall have have done my whole life. It’s so strange to me to have been all the places you where in and to recognise so many faces

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  • Michael Gore

    July 28, 2019

    Rick's been spending too much time in Italy if he thinks Penzance is rough! haha

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  • Mitch Holmes

    August 1, 2019

    KERNOW IS NOT ENGLAND!!!

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  • luminair11

    August 2, 2019

    Great video – loved the historical sites……thanks for the tour!

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  • MrDuckManPlayz M.D.M.P

    August 6, 2019

    JEEZ, Full of whites…

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  • Olivia Hanson

    August 7, 2019

    I’m going Cornwall on August 17th… but I live like 6/7 hours away🤭💜

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  • Leah bloom Leah bloom

    August 9, 2019

    I come from cornwall

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  • Wassson

    August 10, 2019

    Cornwall Cornwall not England Cornwall

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  • Rollingo

    August 11, 2019

    I’m aware most people don’t know any different but there has never been an official document stating that Cornwall became part of England. Cornwall, like Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man has always been an independent people and nation. Unfortunately in the past Cornwall and it’s people have not been treated well and the English decided that they owned it when they didn’t and under the European convention for the protection of national minorities, Cornwall and it’s people have the right as they always have to call themselves Cornish not English. Would you go into Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the Isle of Man and call them English? That would be like me coming to America and calling it the Thirteen Colonies and calling you British.

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  • Blast Thunder

    August 15, 2019

    Been to Cornwall and even though it’s England, you become so used to the cities and a very built up and busy urban existence in many parts of the country. With the tiny remote old villages where it looks like time has stood still and it’s clean and one of the more rural parts of the uk, it feels like a different place. Put it this way it seems like a million miles away from places like London.

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  • røb ee

    August 19, 2019

    Cream first! The Cornish do know but they are just being different.

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  • KieronBeVlogging Cronin

    August 19, 2019

    Lands end is cool but porthtowan is a nice village area walking distance away from saint agnus

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  • Lazy Jesus

    August 20, 2019

    Joseph of Arimathea owned tin mines in Cornwall & Wales. One of the most wealthiest men of his time. Stories that he brought a young Jesus to England and again after the crucifixion.

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  • Frederick Ponting

    August 20, 2019

    This does make me proud to live in Cornwall, a shame Steve missed my home town of St Ives off though.

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  • Edward Todd

    August 20, 2019

    Dartmoor is in Devon, not in Cornwall. You should have concentrated on Bodmin moor

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  • keith

    August 22, 2019

    Dartmoor is in Devon! That’s a completely different county!

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  • heartangel indigo

    August 24, 2019

    I want to go cornwall for a brake

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  • holly love

    August 24, 2019

    5:45 they had like empanadas ! 🚢🌌 You would love latinoamerican empanadas!

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  • Jenny Chapman

    August 24, 2019

    My wonderful Cornwall, even with the rain. ❤️❤️

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  • dave angel

    August 25, 2019

    Healeys cider farm

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  • Lee TV

    August 25, 2019

    Cornwall isn’t England’s… Cornwall is a land all to itself, especially Mousehole (the videos thumbnail) where I come from… we’re Cornish-not English!!!

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  • Zubaida Kablan

    August 25, 2019

    Beatfule. Pin appetite.

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  • Elinore Koenigsfeld

    August 25, 2019

    Love these, thank you so much! I kept thinking of the Sherlock Holmes stories, many in this area.Hope I can see it someday!…meanwhile, your videos are as close as you can get to being there!

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  • John Salvage

    August 28, 2019

    Now they can marvel at the demise of once, independant Cornwall. There's a Mosque in Truro.

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  • anne neilsen

    August 29, 2019

    Wow beautiful enjoy your day ☀ thank you for sharing..

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  • lorraine lane

    August 30, 2019

    Just beautiful 🇬🇧✌️

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  • Mervyn Partin

    September 2, 2019

    England's Cornwall? Some of the Cornish might disagree with that!

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  • hello hh

    September 3, 2019

    Goodbye America, It's time to move

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  • Funny Moments

    September 4, 2019

    I live in Cornwall and don’t appreciate these places as much rip

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  • Jon Coxon

    September 4, 2019

    Except Dartmoor is in errr Devon !

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  • Peter Grossett

    September 4, 2019

    Cornwalls, Cornwall.

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  • Felix Whetter

    September 6, 2019

    My grandad was second in charge at the shaking tables, he never went under to mine and I'm sure that's a good thing so he didn't suffer the health issues associated with mining in Cornwall. Such as arsenic and radon

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  • dc6088

    September 8, 2019

    Beautiful place. Is Doc Martin still there)?

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  • pappy_ kid

    September 8, 2019

    I live in under30 mins away

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  • Merran Coleman

    September 12, 2019

    Do some research. Cornwall is Not 'England's'

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  • Paul Pearce

    September 14, 2019

    Cornwall isn't England!!!!!!

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  • ベトナム人です

    September 15, 2019

    12 phố huế hà nội

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  • Moonshine :

    September 15, 2019

    You can’t say you’ve been to Cornwall without going to the Isles of Scilly

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  • Simon L

    September 15, 2019

    I live in Cornwall and im learning and really enjoying this. Thanks, you've really done your research

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  • Tim Dyer

    September 15, 2019

    Cornwall is in Britain but it's not English. Please don't upset the Celtic Cornish people. We have minority status. England set its border with Cornwall in 935 AD. The Normans conquered and ruled over and we've had to follow the English King's rules as the Welsh etc did. We are not the same tribe as the English.. thanks

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  • Tracey Platt

    September 16, 2019

    Wow, well done for only showing the last remaining unspoilt part of Cornwall, which hasn’t changed.

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  • frawldog

    September 16, 2019

    Go to st ives

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  • lasvegasandthehoney

    September 17, 2019

    i just cringe everytime he says 'Khorn Wall

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  • roberts roberts

    September 19, 2019

    Lands end isnt the end of england the river Tamar is

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  • Peter Firk

    September 20, 2019

    Can anyone tell me where he is at 22:45 , in the Moors. I would love to go there.

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  • Tim Uren

    September 22, 2019

    I believe my last name Uren originates from this region, can anyone confirm?

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  • The Gorgeous Grandma

    September 23, 2019

    Such a shame you didn't get to cover our most southerly point – Lizard Point, on The Lizard Peninsula, just a short drive East of St Michael's Mount.

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  • Julia Larsen

    September 24, 2019

    I love Cornwall. Although I was waiting for the Eden Project and Hidden Gardens.

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  • Blujonny11

    September 26, 2019

    What does the music have to do with England? I feel like a leprechaun is going to do a cartwheel across the screen any minute.

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