Jacquetta Megarry is a walker and photographer turned publisher, based in Edinburgh. A late-onset interest in long-distance walking and trekking led her to devise and launch a new rucksack-friendly guidebook format in 2000. By 2020 her list had over 40 titles, many written by, or coauthored with, fellow OWPG members. Rucksack Readers have built-in route maps, concise text and lots of photos; they open flat and are printed on rainproof paper.
Early titles were mainly Scottish long-distance walks (e.g. West Highland and Great Glen Ways) soon followed by the Rob Roy Way – a route which (with another walker) she devised in 2001. In 2018 she won the OWPG Digital award for her website Scotland’s Great Trails, maintained in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage.
Since 2009 Rucksack Readers' routes have extended into England with Coast to Coast, Cumbria Way, Dales Way, Nidderdale Way, Settle to Carlisle Way, St Cuthbert’s Way and three National Trails (Cleveland Way, Hadrian’s Wall Path, The Ridgeway and South Downs Way). The first Welsh title was Snowdonia Slate Trail.
The Irish series comprises the Causeway Coast Way in Antrim; and Dingle, Kerry and WIcklow Ways in the Republic. International titles include Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), the Inca Trail (Peru), the Great Wall of China and Trek to Everest (OWPG Guidebook award-winner 2016). In 2005 she launched a pocket series for climbers of the seven continental summits and has released guidebooks to Aconcagua, Denali, Everest and Kilimanjaro.
In 2005 she published the hardback Call of the Wild to celebrate 25 years of the OWPG. In 2019 she edited the book Duddingston: its story in 50 objects about the Edinburgh village in which Rucksack Readers is now based: see photo above.
Proprietor, Rucksack Readers; editor, author and photographer for Rucksack Readers; occasional magazine contributor (words and images); Awards Organiser for OWPG.
Annandale Way (2017); Arran Coastal Way (2nd ed, 2018); Cateran Trail (2nd ed, 2018); Cleveland Way (coauthor Gordon Simm, 2012); Dingle Way (3rd ed, 2019); Duddingston (2019); Explore Mount Kilimanjaro (4th ed, 2013); Explore the Inca Trail (3rd ed 2011); Great Glen Way (co-author, 6th ed 2020); Hadrian’s Wall Path (co-author Gordon Simm, 2011); Kilimanjaro: Summit of Africa (2009); Rob Roy Way (3rd ed 2012); West Highland Way (5th ed, 2020); Wicklow Way (3rd ed, 2019); [all published by Rucksack Readers]