I am a hiker, backpacker, rider and survivor currently based in Scotland and with a love of wild places. If hiking and the outdoors are not your thing then you will find this blog a bit dull I’m afraid. I read Modern Literature at university and am trained as a set and costume designer. Although I went riding and pony trekking regularly as a child, I was a late starter to walking apart from the odd bimble up the coast. I moved to London in my twenties, but my thoughts would sometimes turn to the Cheviot Hills and the wild Northumbrian countryside near Newcastle where I grew up.
I have been doing day hikes, long distance trails and riding from both sides of the border since 2000. I created Rucksack Rose in 2012 with the aim of being welcoming sites for outdoor users. Like many bloggers, I need financial support or sponsorship to cover some of the time and expenses involved in producing new content, but I am presently writing occasional posts and maintaining my sites.
I am constantly learning about the countryside, walking and camping, so I am happy to listen to constructive advice and undertake training and research. I aim to walk and camp responsibly, leaving no trace. To develop my skills and build my confidence, I use cognitive therapy techniques to set myself targets and appraise my performance and decisions.
In 2012, I began recording slideshows and videos of my walks to accompany this blog. All the resulting Rucksack Rose videos are dedicated to anybody unable to do the walks for any reason.
I enjoy walking long distance trails and the independence of being self supporting. All my trails are dedicated to people who have been part of my life. Below are the trails I have completed so far.
Speyside Way. 65 miles / 105 km
Berwickshire Coastal Path. 30 miles / 48 km
Pennine Way. 270 miles / 430 km
Cumbria Way. 73 miles / 120 km
St. Cuthbert’s Way. 63 miles / 100 km
Dales Way. 80 miles / 128 km
Hadrian’s Wall Path. 85 miles / 137 km
Borders Abbeys Way. 67 miles / 108 km
“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.
I would like to offer my personal thanks to John, Iain, Tom, Peter, Glen, Chris, Colin, Jan, Ben, Terry, Gareth, Graham, Paul and Norman for advice and inspiration. Apologies if I haven’t mentioned you here but hopefully you know who you are.
I will have no hesitation in naming and tagging trolls and gaslighters.