The Trailman site is written by author and editor Peter Aylmer.
After discovering walking as a pastime when a young man, Peter has climbed many hills and walked many long-distance paths all over Britain, and with this website wants to bring his passion for the outdoors to a wider audience.
His Cicerone guide Walking in Essex does this too. Peter was born and lives in London east of the River Lea – in other words, in metropolitan Essex. Like many east Londoners, he knows that Essex is not all the sprawl that many damn it for – the county has many hundreds of fine unspoilt miles for walking, and a varied and surprising history to be uncovered while doing so.
Peter’s rich understanding of the Essex countryside started young, visiting his uncle’s farm in the Rodings; he still relishes the surprise on people’s faces when he tells them that some of his favourite walking is within his home county.
He is now working on a second book for Cicerone, on London, for publication in 2017.
Peter regularly leads walks for the Essex & Herts and London branches of the Long Distance Walkers Association and for the Wren Group, a thriving natural history group based in east London. He chairs the London LDWA and is also publications editor for the Mountain Bothies Association.
Apart from walking, Peter’s recreations include solving cryptic crosswords (he’s a regular contributor, as Trailman, to the Guardian pages of fifteensquared.net), plus coping with the rollercoaster of West Ham United.
Peter spent his career in the education service, his roles including teacher, politician, researcher and, latterly, writer and editor at national level.
Peter also runs a website devoted to his family name, www.aylmer.org.uk
A note on the photographs
A theft in 2012 meant that the original digital files for many pictures before that date have been lost; all that remains are the web versions rescued from an earlier website. This means that quality is sometimes lacking on the older pictures.