Trailman is outdoor writer 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 brings his passion for the outdoors to a wider audience.

His two Cicerone guides, Walking in Essex and Walking in London, do this too. From 2021, Peter is launching Trailman Publications, a series of walking guides to trails in and around Essex. When the links below turn blue, they’ll take you to some of his other writings – for The Great Outdoors magazine, the Wren wildlife group of east London, and the Cicerone Extra website.

Peter was born and, for most of his life, has lived in London east of the River Lea – metropolitan Essex. In 2018, he moved into rural Essex. Like many east Londoners, he knows that both Essex and London are not all the sprawl that many damn it for – both the county and the city have many hundreds of fine unspoilt miles for walking, and a varied and surprising history – and wildlife – to be uncovered while doing so.

Peter regularly leads walks for the Essex & Herts and London branches of the Long Distance Walkers Association and sometimes for other groups too. He was chair of the London LDWA from 2016 to 2019, and is 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, plus coping with the rollercoaster of West Ham United. Peter spent his career in the education service, his roles including teacher, politician, and researcher, rising to writer and editor at national level. Until April 2020 he was Chair of Trustees for the international aid charity Terre des hommes UK.

  • 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.