Author, dedications, equipment
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 Taylor, 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 compact (now LX15), Olympus OMD-EM10 ‘micro-4/3’, Pentax K5IIs DSLR, and one or two with a Pentax ME-Super film SLR.
The author in Madeira.