About me


I am a hiker, scrambler, rider and sometime cyclist, currently based in the north of England, with a love of wild places and good chat. The main aim of Rucksack Rose is to create a welcoming and inclusive blog for other outdoor users. I am constantly learning about the countryside, walking and camping, so I am happy to listen to constructive advice and to research things I don’t know about. I have been doing day hikes, long distance trails, riding and cycling in both England and Scotland since 1998.

I enjoy walking long distance trails and the independence of being self supporting and organising my own schedules. I use cognitive training techniques to set targets and to appraise my own performance and decisions. I always aim to walk and camp responsibly, and to leave no trace.

You can also find me at:

Twitter: @RucksackRose Sharing my own work and that of the talented people I follow
Instagram: rucksackrose A visual record of various walks
YouTube: RucksackRose Walking, camping and gear videos & slideshows
Viewranger: Rucksack Rose Many of my GPX walk routes are now available from here.

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….and Past.

I am originally from Newcastle upon Tyne in England, and was brought up in a family with no particular country leanings. Although I went riding and pony trekking regularly as a child, I was a late starter to walking. When I went on my first proper walks aged 18, they made a huge impression on my young, urban sensibilities.

In my twenties I moved to London, but my thoughts would sometimes turn to the Cheviot Hills and the wild Northumbrian countryside. As fate would have it, a divorce later brought me back up north to be near my family. After a couple of years I moved to the Scottish Borders, where I began walking regularly, riding and cycling occasionally, on both sides of the border.

I started recording the walks as an accompaniment to my blog and the resulting videos are dedicated to my mum and to anybody unable to do the walks for any reason.

“The moment you say you’re an expert, you can’t learn any more and the learning is what it’s all about” Ray Mears.


Clockwise: Malham Cove, Hadrian’s Wall, Helm Crag, High Force

This is an outdoors blog, so if you are interested in other issues, please use my personal site.


My personal thanks to Iain, Tom, Berwick Ramblers, John S, John M, Glen, Chris, Colin, Daron, Emma, Matt, Dean, Stick, Ben, Sarah, Peter, Martin, Jan, Tanya, Terry, Gareth, Vix and Graham for support, advice and inspiration. Apologies if I haven’t mentioned you here yet but hopefully you know who you are.


6 Responses to About me

  1. I found your blog looking for information for Hadrian’s Wall. I am a member of the Backpackers Club and, I suppose one could say and experienced backpacker. My wife is about to join me on her first 3-day trip. We have always wildcamped in the Lake District where we live but this will be her first long-distance path with a full pack. Preparations are underway with route legs mapped, two campsites booked (Holmhead Guest House and the Old Repeater Station) and buses and trains from Cockermouth routed to the start at Brampton. We will finish at Chesters Fort and bus back home. This and other posts in your blog are Inspirational reading Rose. Thank you.

    (If you find yourself bored – which I doubt – check out lighterhiker, my WordPress Blog. I started it last year and, sadly, it hasn’t been added to for a while but I think most of it will be similar to your views and experience).

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    • rucksackrose says:

      Hello and thanks for posting. I hope you both enjoy your trip. The wall is a brilliant trail to start long distance walking so I’m sure your wife will be converted. Let me know how it goes. Rose 🙂

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  2. rucksackrose says:

    Many thanks for your kind comment Kenneth 🙂


  3. There are lots of people out there who, through no fault of their own, are unable to get outdoors. Seeing your Website and Videos, brings the outdoors in. I think that is the beauty of the Internet, and Youtube in particular. People can explore from the comfort of their homes. And it’s down the hard work from people like yourself. Keep up the good work. All the best Kenneth.


  4. rucksackrose says:

    Thanks for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed reading about me 🙂


  5. Anonymous says:

    It was lovely reading this Rose. I especially like the idea of you recording the walks for others who cannot do them.Many thanks, much appreciated!


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