I am a hiker, rider and sometime cyclist based in northern England. I have been doing day hikes and long distance trails on both sides of the Scottish / English border for about 20 years. I enjoy being self supporting, improving my hill skills, setting myself challenges and planning my hikes.

I try to keep the information in this section up to date and I welcome constructive criticism, but please consider that maybe some of the posts aren’t aimed at you. I am not trying to provide definitive answers on any of the subjects I cover, but I am responding to questions which I get asked. 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, completing appropriate courses and listening to others.

If you would like to support me, feature in my content or have a say in my plans, please take a look at my Supporting Me page.


This is a link to my outdoor YouTube channel which will hopefully enhance the posts on this blog.

Rucksack Rose Channel

I began recording my walks on video in 2012 to share the beauty of the walks with others. I am striving to improve the video quality with a better camera and editing software, in situ sound and commentary.


Bluebells on the River Till near Cornhill, Northumberland