Welcome to Rucksack Rose – a blog of outdoors, hiking, gear and camping content, mainly from the north of England and Scotland. My main aim is to create a welcoming and inclusive blog aimed at a the whole range of outdoor users including hikers, backpackers, trekkers, winter sports people, runners, mountaineers & cyclists, and at fostering outdoor achievement at all levels. As well as written content, it also contains videos, maps and links to related material such as data sheets and GPS files. Although the blog is free for you to use, I would be grateful if you would consider becoming a supporter, and tell your friends about Rucksack Rose.
When I write, I try to include the person I was when I first ventured into the outdoors as a rider, and later as a walker, in my audience. I try to answer some of the questions which I had then and to share the aspirations I still have. I am a developing outdoor person with strengths and weaknesses like everyone else, which will be different again in a year’s time, but I do take my responsibilities to provide good advice seriously by researching my posts and listening to others.
If you disagree with anything I write, I welcome constructive criticism, but please consider that maybe that particular post isn’t aimed at you, and offer comments that might be helpful to other readers. I have no wish to utilise the small experience I may have gained to put people off entering the outdoors or achieving their goals. I try to keep the content fresh and the information up to date, so I hope you will consider subscribing.
You can also find me at:
Twitter: @RucksackRose Sharing my own work and the talented people I follow
Instagram: rucksackrose Visual record of various walks
YouTube: RucksackRose Walking, camping & gear videos to accompany my blog
Viewranger: Rucksack Rose GPS downloads of some routes are available from here
I have recently introduced ways to support me, feature your company or advertise and would welcome your feedback regarding this.
Derogatory or abusive people on this site or any of the Rucksack Rose platforms will be blacklisted and blocked. I have recently taken advice regarding this issue and will not tolerate bullying or abusiveness. Any form of persistant trolling will be reported to the social media safety people and appropriate law enforcement agencies.
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 young or inexperienced hikers is to do your research, start small and try to acquire basic skills such as map reading first. There are some good groups and courses aimed at preparing young people for the outdoors. In Britain the BMC and the MCoS are good starting points for advice.
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.
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 the selection of products changes and models are superseded so I have therefore put a date on my lists. The inclusion of specific brand and product information becomes less important over time than the generic items.
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. If you would like to suggest books and films or to send me material to review, please get in touch via the contact form. If you would like to send books or films, digital formats are easiest and will probably get read and watched quickest, but paper copies and DVDs are fine.
When I am out walking I use all sorts of accommodation, including campsites, YHA and independent hostels, bunkhouses, camping barns, B&Bs and the occasional hotel. There are downloadable data sheets on some of my long distance trip reports so you can see where I stayed. Feel free to get in touch using the contact form on this blog if you have any specific queries and I will do my best to help. Obviously places don’t stay the same, so any comments can only be accurate at the time of posting.
I have started a links page on which businesses can have links to their websites featured. If you are interested in appearing on it please see Supporting Me for details.
The multimedia content featured on this blog is copyright, but I am approachable. I would like to acknowledge that many of my Northumberland day routes come from two books by Edward Baker which are no longer in print called ‘Walks in the Secret Kingdom’ and ‘Walking the Cheviots’ which I used when I began walking in Northumberland. As far as I am aware these knowledgable walks are no longer available anywhere else.
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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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