Walking across Britain

Welcome to Trailman

I’m Peter Aylmer, an experienced walker and outdoor writer. On this website I’m sharing nearly 50 years of walking experience.

You’ll find day-by-day trail memories, from lowland walks to my own multi-day routes across each of the three nations.

And then aged 62 I learned to backpack, so it’s never too late!

Plus there are zoomable OS maps and plenty of hints and tips about the logistics of trail walking.

What’s new

Two National Trails: the Yorkshire Wolds Way and the Speyside Way

Join my Essex Book Festival walk in June!

Walking the Broomway off the Essex coast, one of England’s most dangerous walks

I’m also the author of the Cicerone guides to London and Essex. In January 2021 I launched my own series of Trailman guidebooks. The first three – to the Stort Valley Way, Forest Way and Three Forests Way – are all available here now.

I’ve plenty more content to add from my archive – I’m adding two or three pages a month, so come back soon!


Mountains green, pleasant pastures, clouded hills – I love them all. Plus my end-to-end walk, from Land’s End to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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It’s not just Snowdonia. Two south-to-north walks across the nation, plus Glyndwr’s Way in mid-Wales – and there’s lots of Snowdonia too.

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Wild camper’s paradise, from the Southern Upland Way to Cape Wrath in the far north-west. A few Munros, and my first TGO Challenge.

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My Books

My three Trailman Guides are available here now, plus my Cicerone guides to London and Essex.

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Buy my books – three Trailman guides and two Cicerone guides