Paul Birbeck

Regional Qualification(s):

South West



Phone Number(s):

07989 453966, 01935 873677

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Since 2013 I have worked as an accredited HF Holiday guide across southern & south west England and lead small private adult groups walking holidays to Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset & beyond. I am an Associate with Sherborne Walks [] and am a fully accredited South West Region Blue Badge guide.

Having lived in the West Country for over 40 years I am very familiar with the 'hidden' treasures that the region offers. As an ex secondary teacher and Geography & Environmental Education Adviser for Somerset, I am very knowledgeable and familiar with the social, economic & political history, geography & geology that create the distinctive character of the West Country, specialising in the towns and countryside of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset.

I am a confident and relaxed guide who has a reputation for making things interesting for clients. “His enthusiasm was passed onto the group and we all felt that not only had we walked along this incredible coastline, but we also had learnt so much about it. A top rate leader. Good local knowledge and friendly.” [2016 HF guest feedback, Dorset]

"THANK YOU for such a brilliant tour around the town of Sherborne. Everyone had a great day and I have received many notes from attendees commenting on the quality and detail provided. They also found you highly personable and very knowledgeable and passionate about the town." [Tour Manager, Historic Houses Association. Sept 2018]

I believe guiding is to be enjoyed and as a leader my priority is to ensure your safety and help you have a positive, memorable experience. Contact me with an outline of your proposed visit and I will help you plan and design a trip that highlights the best that the region has to offer.

Personal Interests:

Countryside and coastal
Churches and cathedrals
Market towns and town trails

Special Interests:

Churches & Cathedrals

Sherborne Abbey & cathedrals of the south west.


Walking Dorset Jurassic coast and inland ridges, Portland, Isle of Purbeck, the moody Somerset Levels and South Somerset, Exmoor, Wiltshire landscapes

Geography & Geology

Jurassic coast and the main landscapes of the south-west region

History & Prehistory

Visit historic houses and sites throughout the region

Industrial Heritage

North Somerset coalfield, Bristol, Devizes

Walking Tours

Day countryside walking tours throughout Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Town trails around the historic and interesting market towns of the area.

Regional Tours

Help organize and plan bespoke tours throughout south-west

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