About my blog

Welcome to Rucksack Rose – a blog of outdoors, hiking, gear and camping content, mainly from the north of England and Scotland. My main aims are to create a welcoming and inclusive blog aimed at outdoor users and to foster outdoor achievement at all levels. As well as written content, the blog also contains videos, maps, data sheets and links to my GPX files on Viewranger. If you enjoy it, I would be grateful if you would tell a friend about Rucksack Rose and consider becoming a supporter.



You can also find me at:

Twitter: @RucksackRose Sharing work by myself and the talented people I follow
Instagram: rucksackrose A visual record of various walks and trips
YouTube: RucksackRose Walking, camping and trip videos
Viewranger: Rucksack Rose GPX downloads of many of my routes

Presently some pages are arranged by type such as trails and camps, while day hikes and visits are arranged by area with the most recent post first. Posts and pages are normally closed for comments after 6 months. I try to keep the content fresh and the information up to date.

Cuthbert's Cave

Cuthbert’s Cave, near Holburn, Northumberland

Further Information.


If you disagree with anything I write, I welcome constructive criticism but not trolling. Personally I wouldn’t utilise any small experience I may have gained to put people off entering the outdoors or achieving their goals. I am a developing outdoor person with strengths and weaknesses like everyone else, but I do take my responsibilities to provide good advice seriously by researching my posts, completing training and listening to others.

Derogatory or abusive people on any of the Rucksack Rose platforms will be blacklisted and blocked. I have taken advice regarding this issue and will not tolerate bullying or abusiveness. Any form of persistant trolling or harassment will be reported.

Age appropriateness.

As far as I am aware the content of this blog is suitable for all ages, but I would not recommend camping or hiking if you are under 18 unless you have discussed it with a parent or carer first. My advice to younger or less experienced hikers is to do your research, start small and try to acquire basic skills such as map reading first. There are some good courses aimed at preparing young people for the outdoors. In Britain the BMC and Mountaineering Scotland are good starting points for advice.

Pocket kit

Pocket kit

Knife law.

Most of my kit lists include a small folding penknife. It is wise to check the laws relating to knives in whichever country you are in. In Britain it is presently illegal to:

  • sell a knife to anyone under 18 unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, such as a Swiss Army knife. (16 – 18 year olds in Scotland can buy cutlery and kitchen knives)
  • carry a knife in public without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less.
  • carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife.
  • use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife).
  • Lock knives (knives with blades that can be locked when unfolded) are not folding knives, and are illegal to carry in public without good reason.

Information correct at March 2017. More information can be found on the UK Government website.


Kit lists are included partly just to satisfy curiosity and partly because I get asked about them by visitors to the site. They are not intended to be prescriptive and inclusion is not necessarily an endorsement of the product or company. It is in the nature of these lists that information goes out of date quite quickly as products change so I have included dates on all my kit lists.


Backpacking Kit 2017

Gear Reviews.

If I review gear I will have used and tested it for a reasonable period of time and will state any relationship with the company.


When I am out walking I use all sorts of accommodation such as campsites, YHA and independent hostels, bunkhouses, camping barns, B&Bs and the occasional hotel. There are downloadable data sheets on some of my trail trip reports so you can see where I stayed. Obviously places don’t stay the same, so any comments can only be accurate at the time of posting.


Berwick Hostel, Northumberland / Scottish Borders


The content featured on this blog is copyright, but I am approachable. If you would like to get in touch about using any of it, please use the contact form.


Some of my Northumberland day routes come from a book by Edward Baker, which no longer seems to be in print, called ‘Walks in the Secret Kingdom’. As far as I am aware these walks are no longer available elsewhere although Baker’s book ‘Walking in the Cheviots’ is still in print.

Most of the maps which appear on my blog are by Ordnance Survey or Google Maps. Route images are from the LDWA, Walk Highlands, Viewranger and The National Trust. I try to acknowledge the source/s in the captions or the text, which I hope is acceptable to them.

Wild flowers & grasses

Wild flowers and grasses, England Coast Path near Souter Lighthouse

Supporting Me

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All information can only be correct at the time of posting. I am a hiker not a lawyer so may revise this information in the event of any queries arising. Remember that outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and climbing can involve risk.

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