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 always use cognitive training techniques to appraise my own performance and decisions. One example of this is, because I had a fear of wild camping, I devised a plan to transition gradually from B&Bs to wild camping which you can read about in the Camps section. I aim to always 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 GPS routes are now available from here.
Hill-Bagging: rucksackrose I don’t collect summits but I have started recording hills bagged in the course of various trips.
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. The countryside became a sort of safe space for me following some tricky times.
I started recording the walks as an accompaniment to my blog and the resulting videos are dedicated to my late mum and to anybody unable to do the walks for any reason.
This is an outdoors blog, so if you are interested in other issues, please use my personal site.