March has arrived and we’re so happy to have owner and principal guide of walkitcornwall, Paul Simmons as our Ambassador of the Month. He’s got a passion for exploring and has been leading walking holidays, hiking treks and tours for fifteen years and walking Cornwall’s South West Coast Path for even longer. With a keen interest in discovering and sharing Cornwall’s unique cultural heritage, we couldn’t wait to hear about his favourite destinations and experiences.
Paul Simmons/ walkitcornwall/ Penryn
Tell the many stories and share the many unique layers of Cornwall from the geology, Celtic stories, maritime, mining, fishing and farming, the diaspora, the art and language, all of which reveal why Cornwall is so special.
Meeting up with everyone involved within the group who are passionate about Cornwall.
Too many, but in my day to day work seeing Cornwall change, season by season, at a pedestrian pace. It’s the best way to see Cornwall.
Sunrises and sunsets, and some wonderful scenery in between, with Cornish sourced food and drink and some good conversation.
I’m lucky to work in nature and music and I love my family. So David Attenborough, Paul Simon and my Dad (who died when I was 15 so I’d like to get to know him).
Scary Little Girls came to Falmouth to do walks with performances in the cemetery, bus shelter, pub and garden amongst others. Inspiring stories and locations. A must see!
When it was around nothing beat the vibe and class of The Nightjar in Truro. Now? The Old Bakery.
You’re asking a guide to choose one? Okay, The South West Coast Path 630 miles ascent and descent totaling four times the height of Everest.
Anywhere at the end of a days walk. Food tastes best after a good yomp.
Any walk that is in the dead of night, away from light pollution, with the arm of the Milky Way above your head. It’s humbling to see so many stars. Magic!
Making sure I don’t tell you the 1st best kept secret… There are no secrets in Cornwall. I can’t keep them as I show people around the best “secrets” to be seen in Cornwall.
Dartmoor and the Greek islands.
Best writers about walking? Rebecca Solnit, Frederic Gros, Robert MacFarlane, Tristan Gooley and Richard Mabey for a start.
Enjoyed reading this? Read all of our Ambassador of the Month interviews here