Paul, Your Guide

How humanity has interacted with the landscape has always been the starting point for my excursion into any walks I undertake or lead.

Each woodland, beach, footpath and village has its own unique stories, its own DNA made up of layers of geology, industry, people, flora and fauna and so much more.

To walk is not to arrive but to delay that arrival according to the journey taken and the opening of the senses to what is there and what has created each turn of the way. Every option to wander should be taken, guided only by a sixth sense, definitely not by the logic of the exactness of a time to mark the start and the need of when the enjoyment should end.

I’ve enjoyed the distinctiveness of walking since I was a child. Growing up in an urban setting I was fortunate to have a river walk that wandered through the suburbs for mile after mile. I knew each tree, each churned up cycle track, the shallow stones of each curve of the meandering river. As a child I was never in a hurry. Didn’t time stand still when we were children? Weren’t summer holidays a year-long?

Having embraced the structured timetable of adulthood and the rites of passage denoted by stages in one’s life, I forgot about how fluid time could be, how malleable my interaction with time could be.


To cut a long story short, my roots are so different from my present. As a walker and a musician I understand the connection with the muse of writing music and the sixth sense of nature, that is there to be embraced, to be open to all the possibilities that arise from the moment.

Nature has a language we learned as children, that we were grasping just as we were disconnected from it.

We went to school to learn its place. Did that work for you?

It is a joy to be reconnected. For it is more and more a duty as I watch the world and my children’s world move towards, let me just say, a different world that I had.

I walk as I talk, letting nature guide my thoughts and feelings and expression.

Each time it is different.

Each time it is what I feel it is or understand what it is telling me.

It is a two way conversation.

This was supposed to be the part where you read about me, my qualifications, what I have been rewarded on a certificate to say “I know”. Feel free to ask me for them, but I reckon the words above might just do.

Like nature it’s honest, true and of the moment.

Get in touch. With me. With nature. With others.

Email me for a chat.

Paul Simmons

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