Welcome to Rucksack Rose – award winning sites of outdoor, hiking, gear and camping content, mainly from the north of England and Scotland. The main aims of Rucksack Rose are:
- to create welcoming and inclusive sites aimed at outdoor users
- to share my passion for the outdoors
- to foster outdoor achievement at all levels
- to explore ways to minimise my costs and my environmental footprint
- to entertain, inspire and inform
As well as written content, my sites also contain multimedia content such as photos, videos, maps, data sheets and links to GPX files.
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 enjoy my sites, I would be grateful if you would tell a friend about Rucksack Rose, subscribe for regular updates and consider becoming a supporter.
You can presently find me at:
Website: rucksackrose.com Multimedia hiking & outdoor content
YouTube: RucksackRose Walking & camping videos and slideshows.
Instagram: rucksackrose A visual record of various walks & trips
Viewranger: Rucksack Rose GPX downloads of my outdoor routes.
Twitter: RucksackRose Sharing my own work & a selection 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.
My sites are for and about hiking and the outdoors. For other matters, please visit my personal site
If you disagree with anything I write, I welcome constructive criticism but not trolling. Personally I wouldn’t use 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.
Derogatory or abusive people on any 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 reported.
As far as I am aware the content of my sites 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.
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.
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.
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’ is still available.
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.
Once again, if you have enjoyed my sites, please mention Rucksack Rose to a friend, subscribe to get regular updates 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.