About my site

Welcome to Rucksack Rose – a site of outdoor, hiking, gear and camping content, mainly from the north of England and Scotland. My main aims are to create a welcoming and inclusive site aimed at outdoor users, and to foster outdoor achievement at all levels. As well as written content, the site also contains videos, maps, data sheets and links to GPX files on Viewranger.

During my year away studying from 2015-16, I had time to reflect on the future of Rucksack Rose, so what you now see is the result of some feedback from site users and those reflections. I hope you will regard the present sites as an improvement.

If you do enjoy my sites, I would be grateful if you would tell a friend about Rucksack Rose, subscribe for regular updates, take a look at my other sites, and consider becoming a supporter.


You can also find me at:

YouTube: RucksackRose Walking and camping videos and slideshows.
Instagram: rucksackrose A visual record of various walks and trips
Viewranger: Rucksack Rose GPX downloads of mainly day hike routes
Twitter: RucksackRose1 Sharing my own work and that of some of the people I follow

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.


This site is for and about hiking and the outdoors. If your interest is in anything else, please visit my personal site

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 on all my sites. I have taken advice regarding this issue and any form of persistant trolling or harassment will be continue to 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. 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. More information about British law can be found on the British 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 explain my 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 which I often review on Trip Advisor.  Where I used accommodation, there are downloadable data sheets on my trail write ups 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 my sites is copyright, but I am fairly 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’. Baker’s book ‘Walking in the Cheviots’ does still appear to be in print.

The maps which appear on this site are by Ordnance Survey and 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, which I hope is acceptable to the companies concerned.

Wild flowers & grasses
Wild flowers and grasses, England Coast Path near Souter Lighthouse

Supporting Me

Once again, if you have enjoyed this site, please mention Rucksack Rose to a friend, subscribe to get regular updates, take a look at my other sites, and consider becoming a supporter


I may revise this information in the event of any queries or issues arising. Remember that outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and climbing can involve risk.

Now all that is out of the way, thanks for visiting. Rose.


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