Hadrian’s wall kit list

Hadrian’s Wall: Wallsend to Bowness on Solway. 2012

Length: 84 miles / 135 km. Walked: June. Weather: mixed. No camping. Pack weight: 13lb / 5.8kg.

This was my first long distance trail so I made some errors with my kit which I have included. Obviously as I wasn’t backpacking, this is a different kind of kit list from my Pennine Way list the following year. Apart from two bunkhouses, all my accommodation was high season, single occupancy, last minute bed and breakfast so it was an expensive trip, which is why I moved towards cheaper or free accommodation on later hikes.

General:

  • Berghaus 35L daysack (Should have taken a cover or liner)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sit mat (Too thin)
  • First aid kit
  • Victorinox multitool penknife (Over engineered)
  • Silva 4 compass
  • Plastic whistle
  • 500ml Plastic water bottle (Not nearly enough water!!)
  • Sea to Summit Map case
  • Guidebook (I read guidebooks in advance now to save weight)
  • Harvey map (Given to me on the walk)

Tech:

  • Phone charger
  • Charger plug

Clothes carried:

  • 2 pairs summer socks
  • Cotton T shirt
  • Cotton long sleeved base layer

(I would never wear any cotton clothing again having discovered how long it takes to dry)

Toiletries:

  • Glasses & case
  • Contacts & solution (too fiddly and bulky)
  • Toothbrush & case
  • Toothpaste (Too big)
  • Insect repellent (Too big)
  • Suncream (Too big)
  • Wipes

(Normal size toiletries were way too bulky and heavy. I now use travel stuff or decant into 50/100ml plastic bottles).

Personal:

  • Wallet
  • Cash, essential cards & a few cheques
  • Olympus Tough Camera (battery ran out and I had no spare)
  • 2 phones
  • Watch
  • Stamps

Clothes worn:

  • Waterproof jacket (Failed to check the proofing so it did’t keep me dry)
  • Cotton long sleeved top
  • Own brand leather walking boots (The most important bit of kit. Although they had done a few years day hiking, these boots were uncomfortable for such constant use)
  • Craghopper summer trousers
  • Summer socks
  • Buff

(I didn’t take any footwear for the evenings so had to buy some. I also failed to store my kit in dry bags so most of it got soaked through one day)

Bought on journey:

  • Blister bandages (these do work although they gummed up my socks a bit)
  • Flip flops (Lightweight, compact, cheap and a good option with blisters)
  • Spare camera battery

(All these things could easily have been bought in advance and would have saved a lot of time).

Total pack weight: Approx. 13lb / 5.8kg

There is some advice on ways to lighten your pack weight on my page about backpacking gear.

Finish shelter

Shelter at the end of the trail, Bowness on Solway