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I did it again this year. Booked another walking week with Paul after the nice walking week I had last year. Might do it again next year.

- Lenie B, Switzerland

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My personal philosophy of walking

Free downloads and movies

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I write for Here and Now the Cornwall listings magazine, funnily enough about walking. There are a few walks and articles to download. Feel free.

Hopefully the articles make you look at walking from a different perspective and help you get more out of strolling and sauntering. I welcome comments and conversations about all things walking so please do get in touch.

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The first was with Billy Joel on stage where he sang and I played “New York State Of Mind”. You will notice that I am now a little more “distinguished” than I was then 15 years ago.

The other was a couple of years back when Matt from Countryfile came down to Cornwall and I had the pleasure of taking him around a few places, one of which made it off the cutting room floor and was on the programme. We talked about the building of a “false Falmouth” at Nare Point on the Lizard peninsula by the props department of Ealing Studios to deflect the bombs from enemy aircraft.

We also have a free guided walks page where you can view a walk on Google Earth with photos of the surrounding area and information and GPS coordinates. Folow them on the relevant OS map and away you go to explore the area. Need some information about the area? Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Now I have also been a musician and composer for nigh on 30 years and it is my plan, now that I have finally purchased a 24-track recorder to get back into writing. This beautiful scenery of Cornwall inspires me and it is time to marry the images of the landscape with some piano pieces. So keep your eyes (and ears) out for some visuals and audio.

Environmental education, consultancy and walking in Cornwall

phoca thumb m bodmin moor 4 chessewringIt is important to share ones approach to understanding nature and the uniqueness of our Cornish habitats and species whilst appreciating how local land management is important to our collective wellbeing.

Over the past ten years Paul Simmons has been leading walks, providing workshops and lessons for various local and international schools and university faculties. These partnerships continue in April 2012 starting with a geology trip to the Lizard peninsula with a French school for the third year running (or should that be walking:-).

The future:-

walkitcornwall is looking to expand and explore ways of employing and training people in the following inter disciplinary areas:-

    1. coast logo 150 x 28Furthering the business links and network of CoaST(Cornwall’s sustainable tourism network) with walkitcornwall becoming a passionate Ambassador and trainer for sustainable tourism in Cornwall. This includes:-
      1. To encourage, promote and advise on low impact tourism.
      2. Working in partnership with the Cornwall Access Team and major landowners on the 3000kms of paths in Cornwall bringing awareness of their usage, heritage and state of repair into the 21st century.
      3. Building awareness for company’s within Cornwall of the vital importance of the natural heritage on the doorstep to be promoted and conserved. Already discussed with CoaST.
      4. Promoting and establishing an integrated travel network with local transport providers including bus and taxi companies, Ecodrive, landowners and renewable energy companies for walkers.
    2. Furthering the ongoing academic interdisciplinary links with the departments at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth relating to the uniqueness of Cornwall’s history, identity and natural history.
    3. Green guide courses to be recognised by Visit Cornwall and all stakeholders in the Cornwall tourism industry as a high standard diploma to guarantee a gold standard visitor experience for those who are interested in experiencing the unique Cornish landscape. 97% of visitors enjoy the coast, landscape and biodiversity of Cornwall and site it as one major reason for visiting. Taking on one or two more staff for the walking business is fundamental to this and the other areas of walkitcornwall’s raison d’etre.
    4. Environmental Education for all key stages and beyond into higher education and degree work with the accent on outside education and re engaging with the natural world. This includes engaging with nature through literacy, numeracy, history, social studies, research, local history and heritage and many other academic subjects.

    phoca thumb m beautiful serpentineThese four main points for the future encapsulate a very brief synopsis of the wider and interconnected added value that walkitcornwall can offer. Apart from training staff for taking guided walks, it is aimed at partnerships with other companies, education facilities and stakeholders within the Cornish tourism industry that are looking towards establishing sustainability as a core principle of their working ethos within Cornwall. This can be achieved through both academic and practical programmes of which direct engagement with the unique natural heritage of Cornwall is the principle methodology.

    Engage, enquire and enjoy......

    walkitcornwall presently and has also in the past 5 years:-

    • Completed an MA in Cornish Studies – Dissertation on attitudes towards landscape use on the Lizard peninsula.
    • Provided walks for undergraduates in the Geography and English Depts, Tremough Campus of the University of Exeter
    • Is lead business partner in a CUC ESF 3 year studentship project with the University of Exeter.
    • Worked with CoaST (Cornwall Sustainable Tourism) network.
    • Been on the committee for the South West Coast Path Association.
    • Provided walks for the SWCP Team based in Devon.
    • Provided walks for Natural England and NT.
    • Written about the human interaction with landscape and the narratives of perceiving walking for a monthly listings magazine.
    • Been on two organising committees for walking festivals in and around the Fal River; the Fal River Autumn Walking Festival and the Falmouth Spring Festival.

walkitcornwall's 1 day walks and tours exploring Cornwall's coast and countryside

walkers on the south west coast pathWhen we are not arranging and guiding our walking holidays in Cornwall walkitcornwall works in conjunction with many accommodation providers in our home town of Falmouth.

We also work with the wonderful Clowance Estate. Their guests can come on a day tour in my 9 seater VW Caravelle to the Lizard Peninsula or to the Far West including, Botallack world heritage mining site (Poldark's Wheal Leisure and Wheal Grambler from the series!) and free entry to the Minack Theatre for a visit. Both tours are for 6 hours and as I know the back roads and all the interesting places they can just sit back and soak up the unique atmosphere of many places that are not on the tourist map. They get to experience what Daphne DuMaurier called the Vanishing Cornwall, away from the Tourist Gaze. The small lanes, the inspiring landscape that brought artists, poets and writers to this part of the Celtic world. We are happy to be celebrating our third year of the tours with Clowance having started doing the tour of the Estate 15 years ago which is coming full circle as we are now helping to organise short and long walks around and from the Estate's 60 acres.

alternatively, on Tuesdays throughout the year (if we aren't walking) we are doing the  tour of the Lizard peninsula and the Helford river from Falmouth, so if you are holidaying in Falmouth looking for an activity from Falmouth and want to relax as I drive you around the area for a day then This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a tour for £35 per person for a 6 hour driving and visting tour of places like Kynance cove, Southernmost Point and Roskillys farm for the best ice cream on the planet!

The Lizard peninsula has it all. Unique geology and millions of years of tectonic movements and weathering has carved out some beautiful coves, headlands and beaches. The Serpentine rock had its heyday as the "poor mans marble" utilised as fireplaces and plinths in the Victorian age. Queen Victoria made this amazing rock fashionable.

Kynance Cove is the jewel of the Lizard. We might also go to Cadgwith or Porthleven, the archetypal closely knit fishing villages with thatched cottages and many a fishing and smuggling tale.

gull on the coast path cornwallChoughs anyone? Hopefully we will see some of these birds that are interlinked with the very cultural fabric of Cornwall featuring the story of King Arthur. There are the stories of Marconi, the shipwrecks and the marvellous heathers unique to even Cornwall.

The Helford River is a drowned river valley and includes Frenchmans Creek, where the pirate novel by Daphne DuMaurier was based. But it is also where ancient oak woodlands are standing and we will spy on a variety of estuary birds. The flora and fauna around the Helford are special and protected within the Marine Conservation Area.

Falmouth: Some information.

The maritime town of Falmouth has the 3rd deepest water terminal in the world after Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

It was also home to the Falmouth Packets, the forerunner of the Post Office that delivered packages all around the world.

Falmouth overlooks the Carrick Roads. This is the expanse of water that includes the Fal and Percuil rivers, the former leads up to Truro, the latter being the maritime entrance to the Roseland peninsula.

walking the south west coast pathOpposite is St Mawes and if one follows the coast south there is 42kms of shoreline of the exquisite Helford River, the gateway to the Lizard peninsula.

Pendennis and St Mawes castles guard the entrance to the Carrick Roads with the town of Penryn and the city of Truro up river.

The award winning Maritime museum in Falmouth is definately worth a visit at one end of the ribbon development that is the main shopping area.

There are an excellent variety of shops, galleries and coffee houses to watch the world go by or for just gazing at the harbour and coastline.

There are numerous banks for international visitors and Falmouth is a major stop off for cruise liners.

There are music and drama productions, gallery shows and films to be seen and heard every day of the week, all year round which is also why we base our guests here for our walking holidays and vacations.

Cornwall guided walking and hiking tours

Welcome. Hello I am Paul Simmons the owner and principal guide of walkitcornwall. I’ve been leading guided walking holidays, hiking treks and tours for 18 years and walking Cornwall's south west coast path for over 20 years.

I immerse myself in Nature and I like to tell the stories of the interconnection between humanity and the landscape. I've been an entertainer for much of my life and I also have an MA in Cornish Studies and am embarking on a PhD about footpaths in the 21st Century and their role in a low carbon economy. I love walking and I live for walking and sharing my enthusiasm for it is what this is all about. 

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Covid-19 update: There is no doubt that people's individual health is more important than anything else. Whilst walking is an important part of ones mental and physical health, to do so now collectively as a group would be wrong on many levels and would open individuals up to the terrible virus that is sweeping the planet.

I am honoured and blessed to be able to do this for a living yet I have to put this aside for a while and concentrate on the health of my family, friends and community, both local and global. I have made many friends through this "business" of mine and I have to thank many for continually coming back and trusting me.

So for now I will not be taking any bookings for any walking holidays this year (2020)We don't have a crystal ball to see where we will be short term. However if you want to think about 2021 check the new walking 2021 dates and I will be happy to chat with you, send brochures and just talk about walking. 

Love and respect to those real frontline workers who are continuing to keep society going and those more vulnerable to this deadly virus. Keep well and safe and when you can, rediscover the beauty and interconnecting power of Nature, go for a walk and be in awe. Paul xo

I am passionate about walking and how to interpret and enjoy the relationship between us humans and the landscape we traverse.

Walking is about how we interact with our landscape with all our senses.

It's the philosophy of walking as to why, how and where we walk and the creativity walking inspires. Of course, it's also about the views:-).

Business Declares:- In light of the global narrative about the Climate and Ecological Crisis and the declaration by parish, town and county Councils and Parliament I have asked myself some hard questions and come up with some hard answers on a personal level. 

I have always viewed Walking as a low impact business, which it is, if you ignore how one gets to the start of the walk. I realise that many of my guests, in fact most travel to Cornwall and to my overseas destinations by plane, as indeed I have done, so I'm not blaming and shaming as that gets us nowhere. 

We are in this all together for all our future generations sake so the conversations have started with my guests and many others in the Tourism industry here and abroad about this dilemma.

So while it will be "harmful" to my profits depending on how you define profit, from this year I have reduced my overseas walking trips by 75%. I love my walking and it hurts not to be able to show my other European destinations off to you all. 

But I love our planet more and I am looking at Slow Travel where amongst other things we might go through Europe by train and walk around some amazing places in different countries and walk the walk having talked the talk. I am personally seeking out and finding new cornwall walks and in other areas working with accommodation providers who have similar business work practices.

Most of the overseas visitors that come to Cornwall arrive in the UK by plane, so conversations about this need to be had. We will all probably ask ourselves these same questions about much of what we do in our day to day lives to reduce our carbon footprint of which flying is just one part. With the ongoing pandemic these questions are more urgent.

I still welcome you all to come to Cornwall whichever way of transport you use because I do not have all the answers but I do have some important questions that collectively need to be asked and answered. 

Here in Cornwall as an ambassador of CoaST, the sustainable tourism business network, we are arranging to come to a shared ideology about balancing environmental costs with business and enjoyment. It is an ongoing dialogue but with a need to change the Business As Usual mentality. 

My decision is to restrict my overseas walks to just one area - Corfu and the Greek mainland. The good news is that Cornwall trips will be offered either side of my Dartmoor and Isles of Scilly trips which will get my main attention. 

I have added another Cornwall walking holiday, The Saints Way, a new coast to coast walking trip for walkitcornwall. More exciting local walking news to come.

                               Where we walk

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                                When we walk 

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2021

 

Cornwall Guided Walks are from Monday to Friday. Stay Saturday or Sunday to Saturday or choose your dates.

If you can get a group together of 4+ on any other week of the year then ask and I might be able to put on a walking week for you.

For the Cornwall guided walking holiday I can This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sat April 17th Sat April 24th Cornwall guided walking holiday   
Sat May 1st Sat May 8th Cornwall guided walking holiday   
Sat May 8th  Sat May 15th

ISLES OF SCILLY 7 night 6 days  Isles of Scilly Page

Sat May 22nd Sat May 29th
Cornwall guided walking holiday
Sat May 29th Sat June 6th POLDARK country tour and walking holiday  Poldark page  
Sat June 12th Sat June 19th Cornwall guided walking holiday
Sat June 26th Sat July 3rd DARTMOOR walking holiday  Dartmoor page
Sat July 17th Sat July 24th   Cornwall guided walking holiday
Sat July 31st Sat August 7th   Cornwall guided walking holiday 
Sat Sept 4th Sat Sept 11th  Cornwall guided walking holiday 
Sat Sept 11th Sat Sept 18th ISLES OF SCILLY 7 night 6 days  Isles of Scilly Page
Sat Sept 18th Sat Sept 25th  Cornwall guided walking holiday   
Sat Sept 25th Sat October 2nd   Cornwall guided walking holiday 
Thursday Oct 14th  Saturday Oct 23rd  CORFU 9 nights 10 days  Corfu page      2021 dates

 

Why walk in Cornwall?  More to the point, why shouldn't you?

On all our walking holidays we walk 5 days at a pace of 1.5 -2 mph between 6-9 miles (9-12kms). Your informative and entertaining trekking holiday is guided by me Paul Simmons and abroad we have at least two guides.

Getting to the very DNA of wherever we walk in the world, we immerse ourselves in the unique cultural heritage, flora and fauna, myths and legends, literature, geology and identity of where we walk. We walk, we laugh and share the walking experience.

Here's something of what I do. You got 6 minutes?

I love walking. I live walking. Come and walk in Cornwall, walk in Corfu, the Isles of Scilly and Dartmoor.

I'm also a professional musician and my music website is here

Geführter Wanderurlaub auf Korfu, Griechenland

Wanderurlaub in Cornwall      Excursiones en Cornualles   Sejours de randonnees pedestres en Cournouailles

Visite a piedi in Cornovaglia   Wanderreise im Rosamunde Pilcher Land

Wanderferien in Cornwall    Paseos en Cornualles    Vacances de randonnees pedestres en Cournouailles  

Visite guidate a piedi in Cornovaglia

 

7 night walking break with 5 days of walking in Cornwall

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I organise a 5 day guided walking holiday with walks every day in different parts of Cornwall. They are small groups of up to 8 people and we are walking mainly on the South West Coast Path between 6 and 9 miles (9-12km) with 7 nights accommodation based in Falmouth, the maritime town of Cornwall.

Check what my previous guests said about my personalised walking holidays on Tripadvisor. Email me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please

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Cornwall is a Celtic country with stories of geological wonder, myths and legends, of a landscape that has given inspiration to many artists, writers and poets. It has been awarded UNESCO world heritage status for its mining heritage and there are many International, National and local designations of Areas of Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, Special Areas of Conservation, Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. In short, It ain't Half Beautiful:-)

Latest. Our 2021 programme is below. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a pdf brochure with details. The holiday consists of :-

  • Includes:- Packed lunches, transportation, CD ROM of photos of your walking week.
  • Walk at a leisurely pace of 1.5 - 2 mph between 6-9 miles (9-12kms) per day over the most spectacular scenery with me as your guide.
  • 7 nights accommodation chosen by you from a comprehensive list of the best accommodation providers in Falmouth that I have worked closely with for many years.
  • 5 days of walks all around Cornwall to see the best sites and scenery paying close attention to your interests. It's informative and entertaining.

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  • The Lizard Peninsula, a Jewel in Cornwall's crown which attached itself to Cornwall 375 million years ago and is unlike anywhere else in Britain.
  • The Far west, Penwith, which is the land of Granite, myths and legends and archaeological features like stone circles and standing stones.
  • The Roseland Peninsula, an area out of the way from the mainstream, with the quietest country lanes, old estates and wonderful bays and headlands.
  • The craggy North Coast stretching from Lands end up to Padstow with high cliffs, long beaches and fabulous bays.

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For more detailed information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will send a pdf brochure document for you to look over which also includes the websites of my chosen B&B’s and hotels that we have worked with for many years.

I can assure you that you will get the best personal service, the accumulation of 30 years of my acquired knowledge and experience in both the guided walks and entertainment industries.

But above all you will get an entertaining and informative insiders view of the most unique, mesmerising and beautiful area in the UK.

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Please feel free to contact me for a chat. I want you to have the best walking holiday ever.

Or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Paul and I will send you a detailed pdf document of the 5 day walks and 7 night stay.

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Your average walking day consists of being picked up at 9.15am in my 9 seater VW Caravelle (Ellie as named by our children). Depending on the weather and wind direction I will choose where we are walking for the day. So many times we have timed our walking day to perfection dodging the inclement weather. All local knowledge and some good weather watching works wonders.

We are walking by 10.15/10.30am and walk leisurely until 4.30/5pm. Lunch is a real packed lunch consisting of a sandwich and up to 7 other snacks including three different fruits, energy bars, crisps, carrots, biscuits and cake. Special diets are catered for so I know when you fill out the information forms I send when you book.

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Cornwall's landscape has a variety of habitats and the coast can be steep in places and then around the corner are sheltered sandy bays. So I must stress that a certain level of fitness is required. You must be able to walk between 6 and 9 miles per day for five consecutive days. 

The walks are not route marches. For me it is the journey, not the destination.

We stop, we take in the scenery and often we will do a five mile walk with a spot of swimming or beach gazing and scrambling. It's your holiday so like in my musical evenings, (yes a professional piano entertainer in my time) I do take requests. But in the main we walk 6-9 miles per day in different parts of Cornwall (an hour away from Falmouth in all directions) taking in the flora and fauna, myths and legends, maritime stories of wrecks and smuggling, anecdotes on mining and fishing and so much more. Looking for the DNA of Cornwall!

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The Cornish landscape does it's own talking. I know when to be quiet and when you just want to take it all in.

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There are miles of beautiful wooded creeks, beaches, estuaries and sea front.

Falmouth also boasts International entertainment at the Falmouth Pavilions, a wonderful Maritime Museum, numerous art galleries and around 50 restaurants with menus from all around the world. Falmouth is the perfect town to stay in.

So This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Paul, now for a more detailed and illustrated document of this walking holiday. Many dates throughout 2021 ready to book

                                When we walk

Start FinishInformation

2021

 

Cornwall Guided Walks are from Monday to Friday. Stay Saturday or Sunday to Saturday or choose your dates.

If you can get a group together of 4+ on any other week of the year then ask and I might be able to put on a walking week for you.

For the Cornwall guided walking holiday I can This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sat April 17th Sat April 24th Cornwall guided walking holiday    
Sat May 1st Sat May 8th Cornwall guided walking holiday    
Sat May 8th  Sat May 15th

ISLES OF SCILLY 7 night 6 days  Isles of Scilly Page

Sat May 22nd Sat May 29th
Cornwall guided walking holiday
Sat May 29th Sat June 6th POLDARK country tour and walking holiday  Poldark page  
Sat June 12th Sat June 19th Cornwall guided walking holiday 
Sat June 26th Sat July 3rd DARTMOOR walking holiday  Dartmoor page
Sat July 17th Sat July 24th   Cornwall guided walking holiday 
Sat July 31st Sat August 7th   Cornwall guided walking holiday  
Sat Sept 4th Sat Sept 11th  Cornwall guided walking holiday 
Sat Sept 11th Sat Sept 18th ISLES OF SCILLY 7 night 6 days  Isles of Scilly Page
Sat Sept 18th Sat Sept 25th  Cornwall guided walking holiday   
Sat Sept 25th Sat October 2nd   Cornwall guided walking holiday  
Thursday Oct 14th  Saturday Oct 23rd  CORFU 9 nights 10 days  Corfu page      2021 dates