I am a hiker, backpacker and survivor now based in Scotland and with a love of wild places. I read Modern Literature at university and am trained as a designer. I moved to London in my twenties, but my thoughts would sometimes turn to the Cheviot Hills and the wild Northumbrian countryside near where I grew up, so I knew I wanted to explore the hills when I returned to the area in 1996.
Since living on the Scottish / English border for 10 years from 2000, I have been doing day hikes and long distance trails on both sides of the border. I created Rucksack Rosie in 2012 with the aim of being welcoming sites for outdoor users. Like many bloggers, financial support or sponsorship would enable me to produce more new content, but I am presently writing occasional posts, adding routes and maintaining my sites.
I am constantly learning about the countryside, walking and camping, so I am happy to listen to constructive advice and undertake training and research. I aim to walk and camp responsibly, leaving no trace. To develop my skills and build my confidence, I use cognitive therapy techniques to set myself targets and appraise my performance and decisions.
In 2012, I began recording slideshows and videos of my walks to accompany this blog. All the resulting Rucksack Rosie videos are dedicated to anybody unable to do the walks for any reason.
I enjoy walking long distance trails and the independence of being self supporting. All my trails are dedicated to people who have been part of my life. Below are the trails I have completed so far.
Speyside Way. 65 miles / 105 km
Berwickshire Coastal Path. 30 miles / 48 km
Pennine Way. 270 miles / 430 km
Cumbria Way. 73 miles / 120 km
St. Cuthbert’s Way. 63 miles / 100 km
Dales Way. 80 miles / 128 km
Hadrian’s Wall Path. 85 miles / 137 km
Borders Abbeys Way. 67 miles / 108 km
“The moment you say you’re an expert, you can’t learn any more and the learning is what it’s all about” Ray Mears.
I would like to offer my personal thanks to John, Iain, Tom, Peter, Glen, Chris, Colin, Jan, Ben, Terry, Gareth, Graham, Paul and Norman for advice and inspiration. Apologies if I haven’t mentioned you here but hopefully you know who you are.
I will have no hesitation in naming and tagging trolls, gaslighters and gang stalkers.