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About Us

Meet our team




June Zaft
Founder

June & Aubrey Zaft established Country Walks in 1995 and built their reputation on delivering consistently high quality walking experiences and dedicated customer service. They are proud to have inspired thousands of people from around the world to enjoy the many pleasures and benefits of walking in the countryside, proud too that over 90 per cent return.


Sam Holmes
Director

In 2013 June & Aubrey's elder daughter Sam joined the family business. Sam is based in London and has been actively involved in the development of the company, especially the self-guided holidays. Sam divides her time between looking after her young family, her busy job working for a charity for vulnerable people and Country Walks.


Sarah Puppini
Guide & Destination Expert

Sarah, June & Aubrey's younger daughter lives in Versailles. She joined the family business when she successfully started developing and guiding walks in Paris, Versailles and the Chevreuse Valley. She hopes to repeat these very popular tours when time permits. Sarah is a keen traveller and talented linguist and musician.


Christina Hessenberg
Guide & Destination Expert

Christina has lived in North Cyprus for over 25 years and has an expert knowledge of the island, its history, flora and walking trails. She has worked as a Tour Guide for various companies for 20 years and she speaks fluent Turkish. The Cyprus landscapes are a constant source of inspiration and she continues to sketch and draw in spare time.



Luciana Sabia
Guide & Destination Expert

Luciana leads our Amalfi Coast walking holidays. She has a degree in environmental science and since childhood trekking with her parents became part of her life. She started walking on the paths of the Amalfi coast when she moved to Naples 15 years ago and for 4 years she has been employed as a guide, leading tourists through this beautiful land. Luciana brings to the Amalfi Coast holidays her extensive local knowledge of the area, its plants and its wonderful food!


Barbara Hamilton
Guide & Destination Expert

Barbara leads various walking breaks in the UK including Rye, Gower Peninsula and Hardy’s Wessex. She walks anywhere and everywhere, from London to the wilds of Scotland and she has even walked nearly 1000 miles – from John O’Groats to Lands End! Barbara is very experienced, having led walks for 15 years. She lives in London and manages a young professional orchestra. When she’s not walking, she works as a steward at the Royal Albert Hall.


Patrick Norris
Guide & Destination Expert

Patrick has been leading guided walks since 2003 in various parts of the UK, from St Ives in Cornwall to the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland. He holds the Hill and Moorland Leader Award. After a career in the Royal Navy, he moved into countryside management and delivered a wide programme of countryside projects. He lives in Northumberland and has an intimate knowledge of the its coast, hills and valleys of its National Park and the countryside between the two.


Aubrey Zaft
Founder and Entertainer

Aubrey co-founded Country Walks with June in 1995. Following a career in education, he soon established himself as a highly popular leader with his sense of fun and loving personality. Over the years he has enthused thousands of walkers with his love of poetry and irrepressible love and knowledge of the countryside. Known to hug trees, fall down rabbit holes and recite 'The Charge of the Light Brigade" in a storm, there's never a dull moment in Aubrey's company.


Testimonials


  • Thank you so very much for your brilliant walking holidays. What a lovely fun time we all have with superb company. You are such magic in finding perfect venues and then putting everything together to produce the exemplary walking holiday.
    Maureen Shilston,
    Kingston Upon Thames
  • We both want to thank you for all that you did to give us such a marvellous holiday in Cyprus. Natura Beach Hotel is a wonderful spot and we loved all the walks. You offer not only walks and exercise but a wonderful care function as well. We appreciate it very much. We loved the picnics too, complete with tablecloth, miles from anywhere – magnificent. So impressive.
    Chris Toop
    Kew, Richmond, Surrey
  • That was a fantastic holiday in Amalfi. I came away with so many wonderful memories – thank you so much for arranging it all. The hotel was excellent and beautifully positioned and the walks and trips were outstanding. It was fun to try so many different restaurants. The restaurant I loved the best was the one (in Montepertuso) – the antipasto and fresh pasta, combined with the terrace setting, views and local red wine were a combination made in heaven!
    Cynthia Frazer
    London W4

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