Northumbria Backpackers

The Backpackers Club has active groups in most regions of the United Kingdom. Our members come from all walks of life & consist of families & men & women of all ages. New & prospective members of all abilities & aspirations are always welcome. The Backpackers Club has members in the North-east of England, covering Teesside, Co Durham, Tyne & Wear & Northumberland.
If you are interested in backpacking you are welcome to join us one of our monthly social meets. At these meetings we usually plan our trip for the coming month. We may decide to attend one of the weekends in the Backpackers Club diary or alternatively organise one of our own. On a typical weekend we camp Friday night on a small farm campsite (hopefully near a pub!) where we can leave the cars, then camp wild on the Saturday night returning back on the Sunday. We backpack all year round & also have some members into cross-country ski-touring & cycling.

Read about the origins of the Backpackers Club

To find out what is happening locally please visit our forum for details of monthly social meets, backpacking trips etc

The definition of a backpacker has changed in the UK & Europe over the years. It now often defines someone who travels (mostly in a gap year) with a rucsac to distant countries, usually travelling by plane, train or bus & using cheap hostels for accommodation.
In the USA, where the term originates, backpacking is an activity that involves walking & lightweight camping in mountain or wilderness areas, carrying everything you need on your back such as tent, sleeping bag, stove, food etc. This is the type of backpacking we do.


For more info on the club & what it has to offer please visit the national site

  • UK Farm Pitch Directory

  • UK Long Distance Footpath Pitch List

  • Postal Lending Library

  • Overseas Travel Information

  • Equipment Reports

  • Backpack Magazine - Quarterly Journal

  • Camping Equipment Insurance Scheme

The information contained at this web site is maintained on a voluntary basis by local members and should not be taken as an official statement of policy, etc. by the Backpackers Club

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