About the site
to the walks
► The Exmoor coast: west
► The Exmoor coast: east
► Western Exmoor
► Central Exmoor: north
► Central Exmoor: south
► The Brendons to the coast
► Bampton and the lakes
► The Quantock Hills
► Further afield
Index of places and
About the author
Author, dedications, equipment
The author in Madeira
My name is Stan
Lester, I live in Dulverton, and I have walked on Exmoor and the surrounding
area on and off for over 30 years.
Apart from walking I have a love of ‘places’, photography and maps,
which have contributed to this site, and historic gardens, sailing and
motorcycling, which haven’t. I still
work but only when I’m not out in the countryside.
Contact me at: editor<at>exmoorwalker.uk
Special mentions go
to my late father, S. G. F. Lester, who was responsible for my love of the
countryside and introduced me to walking on Exmoor, and my partner Philippa,
who helped with the recces for many of the walks (and came up with the ideas
for some of them). Philippa is also
the author of an excellent and highly informative web site about local
places, themes, personalities and curiosities, ‘Off the Beaten Track in Somerset’.
Almost all the
mileage described here has been clocked up in Altberg
Tethera boots, sturdy and
waterproof, and worn with merino wool socks I’ve not had so much as a sore
foot or blister. Lowa Renegades also
make an appearance in hot, dry weather.
In wet or cold weather I wear a reliably waterproof Rohan Guardian
coat, with the odd use of a 'mac in a sac' to ward off summer rain. I have a collection of Tracklogs OS 1:25000
digital maps (sadly no longer available) on which most of the planning was
done, and I'm currently using Memory Map in the field as a replacement for
the discontinued Viewranger. Where
they are available I also use the superb Croydecycle maps in the field.
The walk directions were recorded on an Olympus mini voice recorder,
cheap and efficient. Finally, the
photos were taken variously with a Panasonic DMC-LX5/LX15 compact, Olympus
OMD-EM10 ‘micro-4/3’, Pentax K5IIs DSLR, and one or two with a Pentax
ME-Super film SLR.
All text, photographs and maps © Stan Lester 2023