Martyn Jarvis
Martyn Jarvis
30/04/2024
Extremely well led by Julian, who took care to spend time en route with the tortoises and the hares in our sociable group. Wonderful array of locations on moors, valleys, woods, coast path and stream side. Nice old hotel with friendly staff and good catering.
Kirsty Evans
Kirsty Evans
23/04/2024
Fabulous week with Wilkes Walks’ “Enticing Exmoor” based at Yarn Market Hotel, a warm and friendly family-run hotel in beautiful Dunster. Excellent organisation and leadership as always by Julian Wilkes. Great company of small group of walkers from all parts of the UK. Julian knows the area so well that he was able to accommodate our varying abilities to everyone’s satisfaction, with plenty of rest and refreshment stops to keep us all happy. Brilliant holiday, and would highly recommend as a way of seeing the varied landscapes of this beautiful part of the world.
Marina jeffrey
Marina jeffrey
27/05/2023
Excellent walk, and with Julian a knowledgeable, kind and supportive guide
Maggi Bradgate
Maggi Bradgate
14/04/2023
Nick and I thoroughly enjoyed our week’s walking in and around Exmoor. The walks were varied and interesting. Julian was always ready with excellent local knowledge and folklore. He looked after each and every one of us and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely book with Wilkes Walks again
Maureen Hedges
Maureen Hedges
03/04/2023
Exmoor March 2023 A great week in varied and beautiful countryside. The leader is exceptionally well informed about the natural world and led with genuine enthusiasm. He was always attentive to individual needs as well as the group. Fun and interesting. Great walking companions. Hotel very comfortable and welcoming with friendly, hard working staff who genuinely do everything possible to please.
Louise A
Louise A
24/11/2022
Julian is absolutely wonderful. We booked a walking tour with him in Berkhamstead. He’s very knowledgeable about the nature and history of the area. He tailored the walk to meet our interests and experience with hiking (we were all beginners). He also booked us lunch at a local pub after the walk. All in all an amazing, well organised day! There were 6 of us and everyone throughly enjoyed themselves. Last thing, we had some trouble getting up to Berkhamstead which made us late and Julian was so accommodating.
Deborah Peaty
Deborah Peaty
18/09/2022
I recently spent a really enjoyable weeks walking holiday based in Dunster and around Exmoor and the South West Coast path with Wilkes Walks. Julian Wilkes is an experienced and knowledgeable walk leader who makes every walk interesting and fun whatever the weather. If you are a keen walker I thoroughly recommend him and very much hope to join his walks again in the future.
John Tyson
John Tyson
18/09/2022
Great walking holiday on Exmoor in September 2022.All the walks were well planned and varied. There were 5 walks plus a half day walk on our “rest day”.The walks were on the Moor or the South West Coastal Path. The hotel was comfortable and very welcoming in the lovely location of Dunster,a medieval village near to Minehead. The hotel provided transport to and from the walks which enabled our group to see more of the area. Julian managed the walking week superbly well and I thoroughly recommend his walking holidays
Nick Spurling
Nick Spurling
17/09/2022
I have just been on a West Country walk with Julian and had a very agreeable time with him. I am no 'spring chicken ' and so be prepared for some serious walking but the routes are meticulously researched and well organised so with a reasonable standard of fitness you will have a very worthwhile time with plenty of information on your whereabouts and wildlife. The accommodation was brilliant too and we'll chosen. Nick Spurling.

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The WILKES WALKS Mission

I’m really passionate about walking and spending time with like-minded folk in the great outdoors.  In 2008 I gave up my office job and changed career to follow my dreams.

Since then I have been a walks’ leader and guide and I’ve never looked back.  I have led over 166 tours across the world, from the European Alps to trekking in Nepal, from the Peruvian jungle to the Caribbean coast, and so much more.

I want your walking holiday to be fun, well organised and engaging. I love to share my knowledge of all things flora and fauna, as well as some local history. On a ‘Wilkes Walks’ tour there is always lots of fresh air, good company and beautiful scenery to soak up, not to mention a well-earned drink before dinner in the evenings.

Wilkes Walks is my business: Come and walk with me in some stunning locations in 2024.

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Enticing Exmoor
in Summer

26 July – 2nd August 2025

The Hidden world of Fungi

8-10 November 2024

The Cotswold's from Witney

Date TBC

Chiltern Walking Society

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