I am a hiker, scrambler, rider, sometime cyclist and outed survivor (see Fear) currently based in the north of England and with a love of wild places. I have been doing day hikes, long distance trails, riding and cycling in both England and Scotland since 1998. I created Rucksack Rose in 2012 with the aim of being a welcoming and inclusive site for other outdoor users.
I am originally from Newcastle upon Tyne in England. I read English 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. As fate would have it I moved back up to the borders in 1999.
I am constantly learning about the countryside, walking and camping, so I am happy to listen to constructive advice, undertake training and research things I don’t know about. To develop my skills and build my confidence, I use cognitive therapy techniques to set myself targets and appraise my performance and decisions. I aim to walk and camp responsibly, leaving no trace.
In 2012, I began recording simple slideshows of my walks to accompany this blog. Recently I have been trying to improve my videos with a better camera and editing software, in situ sound and some commentaries. All the resulting Rucksack Rose 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.
YouTube: RucksackRose Walking and camping videos & slideshows
Instagram: rucksackrose A visual record of various walks and trips
Viewranger: Rucksack Rose My GPX hiking routes are available from here.
Twitter: RucksackRose1 Sharing my own work and that of the people I follow
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 is the list of trails I have completed so far.
Speyside Way. 2017. 65 miles / 105 km
Berwickshire Coastal Path. 2017. 30 miles / 48 km
Pennine Way. 2013. 270 miles / 430 km
Cumbria Way. 2013. 73 miles / 120 km
St. Cuthbert’s Way. 2013. 63 miles / 100 km
Dales Way. 2012. 80 miles / 128 km
Hadrian’s Wall Path. 2012. 85 miles / 137 km
If you would like to support me or collaborate with me please take a look at my Supporting Me page.
As well as my great Supporters, I would like to offer my personal thanks to John, Iain, Tom, Peter, Glen, Chris, Colin, Daron, Stick, Ben, Jan, Tanya, Terry, Gareth, Graham, Paul and Norman for advice and inspiration. Apologies if I haven’t mentioned you here yet but hopefully you know who you are.
Chrissie, Geoff, James, Ria, Mike, Shaun, Dale, Alan, Matt, Cath, Nigel, Judith, Gordon, David, Rob, June and Fran.