Packs - what we carried

We carefully planned the bare minimum we would need on the trip. Because we were using bed-and-breakfast establishments for our accomodation, we did not need to carry any camping gear. We were advised us not to carry more than 15 kilos, so were very pleased when our bathroom-scales told us we had only 8 ! Adding 2 litres of water would total 10 - and that's what we carried on the 190-mile trek.

The contents of our packs were as follows:

  • Small notebook & pen (diary/expenses)
  • Walking boots & lightweight shoes for evening
  • Emergency blanket
  • Brush/comb
  • Hand cream/moisturiser/footcream
  • Pouch for itinerary/B&B bookings
  • Deoderant
  • Small flashlight
  • 2 tops & lightweight trousers for the evening
  • 2 pairs shorts each
  • Sunglasses
  • Suntan lotion/lipseal
  • Socks (2 thin/ 2 thick each - would take more next time)
  • Water bottles (essential) We took 2 litres each - used more in N York
  • Water proofs (we got 'breathable' ones for next time)
  • Army surpluss brimmed hats (helps to keep rain off face)

All toiletres, etc put into the smallest bottles possible. Some manufacturers do holiday sized bottles for things like shaving cream.

  • Money/cheque book & quarantee card/VISA
  • Maps/map case/C to C book
  • Camera/film(lots-you will need it)/batteries
  • Shower gel (but B&B's provide soap)
  • Savlon/plasters/paracetamol/insect repellent
  • Comped for blisters (You will need them!)
  • T-shirts (2 each - would take more next time)
  • Compass/monocular/whistle
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Underwear (2 each - would take more)
  • Women only - 2 crop tops (helps to keep warm)
  • Mint cake/chocolate/dried fruit/nuts(unsalted) - ate more in Lakes
  • Fleece top each

We took the C to C strip maps which are good but we found that if our B&B was off the map or we wanted to take a detour the maps did not show too much of the surrounding area. So next time we will be taking the Ordanace Survey maps for the areas covered. It could be costly but is worth it, especially if you run into trouble (God forbid) and have to find shelter or help.

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Copyright 1997 Catherine Reeves