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Backpacks & Bruises, Sam & Sue - Best Friends


Welcome to the Backpacks And Bruises site, somewhere we hope you will find inspiration for adventure in the great outdoors.

We are Sue and Sam, two lifelong best friends originally from Sheffield, who spend our time in the beautiful Peak District National Park.  We began vlogging our hikes and adventures on YouTube 5 years ago and believe passionately about sharing and encouraging others to spend time in the outdoors.

Backpacks And Bruises actively champions the huge benefits and effect that time in these great landscapes has on us all physically and mentally. 

Hiking, wild swimming, camp cooking, wild camping, group walk organisers...sounding like the perfect Instagram life? Then we'll also mention we are mothers and full time office workers, so we fit in what we can, lets keep it real, we are from Yorkshire after all. 

Outdoor activities play a vital role in our mental health and well being and here you will find guides, inspiration and general musings to help utilise the precious time we have in our own pockets of green and open space.

Onward! (As Sam always says)


We've lost count how many times we get Onward! quoted back to us. So it had to be done. Shop the merch here!

The Herd Tee
Onward Tee
BP&B Tee
BP&B Patches
'Onward' Sticker.
Ladybower to Win Hill via Hope Cross (approx 8 miles)
One of our 'go to walks' with reservoir views, steep woodlands, and the Elmins Pit Farm ruins. From Hope Cross we will see across the Edale Valley and Kinder, with panoramic views from the summit of Win Hill.
28 May, 08:30
Heatherdene Car Park (Pay and Display),
Heatherdene, Peak District National Park, Ladybower Reservoir, Hope Valley S33 0AQ, UK
The Great Ridge, Mam Tor


What we've been up to and what's coming next.

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