Trip reports – UK backpacking

Listed in date order of when the trip took place – most recent first.


North Pennines and Cheviots

January 2016: A solo mid winter Borders / Kielder bothy trip

Part 1  Part 2

June 2014: Backpacking Upper Teesdale

March 2014: Hot tenting on the moor of death

April 2013: Two nights on the moors – the sounds of spring above Allendale

January 2013: Out of the firing range into the bothy

December 2012: A murky day and night on a monochrome moor

March 2012: Three men and a dog in a North Pennine bothy

January 2012: Moorland days and a bothy night in the North Pennines

July 2011: Around High Cup Nick with a backpacking hound

January 2011: A winter backpack across the roof of the Pennines

August 2009 : North Pennines backpack – Croglin to Gilderdale

April 2009 : North Pennines backpack – Teesdale to Hamsterley


Lake District

October 2015: Above the clouds on the Whinlatter horseshoe

September 2014 – Backpacking the Kentmere and Longsleddale watersheds

March 2014 – Winter’s final bite? – backpacking the Grasmere hills

July 2011: A backpacking circuit of Wast Water

June 2009 : A challenging Lakes backpack – around Lingcove Beck


Yorkshire Dales and Howgills

October 2013: Howling in the Howgills – backpacking south to north

July 2013: Backpacking hot dogs on Wild Boar Fell

June 2013: Backpacking Great Whernside and upper Nidderdale

November 2012: A long night on Fountains Fell

October 2012: Empty hills and the bogs of doom – backpacking the Yorkshire Dales

September 2012: Escarpments, moors and mines – backpacking the northern Yorkshire Dales

April 2012: Backpacking the untrodden delights of Meugher

December 2011: Bothy then Bongo in the Yorkshire Dales

November 2011: Blown off course in the Yorkshire Dales

June 2011: Backpacking bloggers in the Howgills

April 2011: Backpacking the far western Yorkshire Dales

January 2011: 24 stormy hours in the Howgills

January 2011: Sprindrift and Snowdrifts in Wensleydale

March 2009 : Yorkshire Dales backpack – Marske to Hoove


North York Moors

September 2015: Feeding the midges, backpacking Bilsdale

March 2015: Newtondale, backpacking the North York Moors

October 2012: Rosedale and Farndale – backpacking a double horseshoe

January 2009 : Bothying in the North York Moors


Peak District and South Pennines

July 2015: Slackpacking North Peak grit

April 2015 – Across the Peaks, Ashfield to Hayfield

January 2015: Kinder, a night with a mermaid

January 2015: Thundersnow and a freezing night on the Derwent moors

November 2014: Below, in and above the clouds on Kinder Scout

July 2014: Baking at the Bleaklow Stones

June 2014: A night at the Grinah Stones

May 2014: A last minute night on the Howden moors

April 2014: A nearly Black Hill slackpack

March 2014: A last minute night on Kinder Scout

December 2013: Kifaru – Peak District wild camping with a hot tent

November 2012: 24hrs on Kinder Scout

July 2012: Wild camping in the Peaks – Alport Bridge to Hayfield

May 2012: Slackpacking hidden Bleaklow

January 2012: A bleak moorland New Year

October 2010: 24hrs on Bleaklow



June 2012: A squelchy backpack across north Dartmoor


North Wales

June 2015: A backpack to World’s end

August 2013: Summer slackpacking in the Moelwyns

July 2010: Backpacking the southern Arenigs from Llanuwchllyn

May 2010: Backpacking the Rhinogs – a south to north traverse

March 2010: Backpacking the Moelwyns from Blaenau Dolwyddelan

October 2009 : Backpacking the Dyfi hills from Aberllefenni

September 2009 : Cwm Cywarch backpack


Mid Wales

January 2014 – The world’s end – winter backpacking around the Elan Valley

May 2012: Pumlumon Fawr – a night on the roof of Mid Wales

February 2012: A bothy night in the green desert

February 2012: Abergwesyn Common – a night in the green desert

October 2011: Backpacking the empty Nant-y-moch hills

October 2010: A Elenydd backpack from Rhandirmwyn


South Wales

August 2014: Black Mountain Magic

June 2014: Beyond the Black Mountain

August 2010: Backpacking the Black Mountain and Fan Gyhirych

April 2010: Backpacking the Fforest Fawr hills from Ystradfellte


Scottish Highlands and Islands

May 2015: The TGO Challenge 2015

Days 1 to 3  Days 4 to 6  Days 7 to 9  Days 10 & 11  Days 12 to 14

April 2015 – Stronelairg – Five snowy days in the Monadhliath

Part 1  Part 2

October 2014 – Bongo and bothies in the far north

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

April 2014: Four nights alone in the magnificent Monadhliath

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

September 2013: Across the Great Moss – backpacking the Cairngorms

May 2013: The TGO Challenge 2013

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5

April 2013: Backpacking Ardgour – the Cona Glen Corbetts

Part 1  Part 2

February 2013: Scarba – Stags on treasure island

Part 1  Part 2

October 2012: A wander on the wild west coast of Jura

Part 1   Part 2

June 2012: The Mamlorn hills – backpacking the Glen Lochay horseshoe

October 2011: Bothy vagabonds in the far north pt1 – Ben Armine

October 2011: Bothy vagabonds in the far north pt2 – Flow country

October 2011: Bothy vagabonds in the far north pt3 – Assynt

May 2011: The TGO Challange 2011

Days 1 to 4    Days 5 to 7    Days 8 to 10    Days 11 to 13

March 2011: A wilderness slackpack on the Isle of Rum

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

October 2009: Backpacking, bothying and bongoing on Jura

October 2009: Backpacking, bothying and bongoing on Islay

April 2009 : A Scottish coast to coast – Evanton to Ullapool

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4

June 2008 : Backpacking, bothying and bongoing on Raasay

October 2007: Backpacking the wilderness of the Attadale forest

Part 1   Part 2


Southern Uplands

October 2015: Battered days and bothy nights in the Ettrick hills

Part 1  Part 2 

July 2015: On high empty rolling hills, a backpack south of Peebles

June 2013: Backpacking the Merrick and the Range of the Awful Hand

April 2011: Backpacking the Manor and Moffat hills from Tweedsmuir

February 2010: Backpacking the Ettrick Hills from Moffat Dale





9 Responses to “Trip reports – UK backpacking”

  1. I think we need to hear some true words of wisdom from on high

  2. Hi

    Have you been tempted to take Reuben backpacking yet? I’ve just done the Pennine Way with my dog, and backpacked with her for some of the nights. It can be hard work when the weather is not idyllic, but overall I found it great fun and very satisfying! I plan to hopefully do loads more with her!


    • Hi Chrissie. I have been thinking about taking Reuben out for a backpack, I have ordered a tarp for us to sleep under – no muddy paws in the tent then! It arrives at end of August so hope to get out in Sept with him. But only when the weather is good!

  3. If you’re interested at all in what I’ve learnt so far and the equipment I’ve used for my Dixie, you can have a look at our little blog – not particularly well written I know, but lots of photos and I’ve got an equipment list which obviously includes what I take for my super-boxer!

    And by the way, Dixie struggles on very hot days just like Reuben, the short muzzles aren’t very efficient as cooling radiators are they?


    • Dixie looks pretty content camping! Looking happy curled up in the tent. I have the same one for when backpacking with two people so could have a bash at using it with Reuben. I will also take a bit of cut down mat and he has a ‘jacket’ that he could use for sleeping in. A lightweight blanket could also be draped over him at night.

      Reuben does struggle on those hot days, pants like mad. I save his long days out on the hills for when it is cooler. I tried to leave a comment on your blog but it would not let me without registering, which is a shame.

  4. It’s a shame you couldn’t leave a comment – maybe that’s why I haven’t got many! It’s interesting you mention a lightweight blanket. Since my last update on my blog, I was searching through my old gear for inspiration for something lighter than the sleeping bag for Dixie, and I found an old, lightweight, fleece sleeping bag liner. I’ve since cut this up and edged it into a large oblong shape, and then turned it into a kind of dog ‘cape’ by draping it over Dixie and putting a small fastening just underneath her neck. This will fit over her jacket and act as a blanket, but will hopefully not fall off her when she changes position in the middle of the night. I’ll try and get a photo of it in the next couple of days and add it to our blog, and I’ll let you know how she finds it next time we’re out. (It won’t be till September as we’re off to the Pyrenees this week for three weeks – unfortunately we can’t take the dogs with us as they only got their pet passports a few weeks ago and their 6 month ‘wait’ won’t be up till December.)

    If I was taking the lab backpacking I don’t think she’d need a blanket but would just manage with her jacket – she has fur like a bear!

    And you’re right, Dixie loves camping. The very first night I tried her in the tent, I had to practically drag her in, but by the second night she couldn’t wait! In fact, I have to stake her out with a tent peg now whenever I’m putting the tent up, as she keeps trying to get in it before it’s done!

    I know there are lighter tents than the Ultralight Voyager, but it’s not bad for carrying on your own, is it? In fact the whole thing weighs less than ‘half’ the first Mountain Equipment backpacking tent we used to use 20 years ago!


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