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 which were separate from my personal site and news. 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 maintaining my existing RR 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.
“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 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
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.