Dales Way kit list

Dales Way: Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere. 2012.

Length: 80 miles / 130km. Month: August. Weather: dry & hot. Accommodation: B&Bs & 1 hostel. Pack weight: Reduced from 18lb / 8.2kg to 12lb / 5.45kg when I posted some things home.

Overpacked. Lesson in taking less. I used B&Bs and a hostel.


Clothes carried:

  • Waterproof trousers
  • Regatta mac
  • 1 pair Bridgedale summer socks
  • Synthetic T shirt
  • Spare smalls

Clothes worn:

  • Marmot base layer top
  • Synthetic mid layer
  • Craghopper trousers
  • Bridgedale summer socks
  • Summer buff
  • Lowa Renegade boots
  • Superfeet blue insoles
  • Sports Bra

(The new boots and superfeet insoles meant that I got no blisters on this trip)



  • Berghaus 35L rucksack
  • Waterproof liner
  • Sit mat (too thin)
  • First aid kit
  • Multitool penknife (Over engineered)
  • Silva 4 compass
  • Plastic whistle
  • 500ml plastic water bottle (Not enough!!)
  • Binoculars
  • Guidebook (Used to navigate)
  • Waterproof map (Too bulky)
  • Harvey map


  • Smartphone
  • Phone chargers & plug
  • Camera (Before I realised the potential of my phone camera)
  • Spare camera battery
  • Camera battery charger
  • Earphones

Toiletries: (I now use travel sizes or decant into 50/100 ml plastic containers)

  • Glasses
  • Contacts & solution (Faff & too bulky)
  • Electric toothbrush & case (My luxury item)
  • Toothpaste miniature
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream (Too big & not strong enough)
  • Wipes
  • Mirror
  • Shampoo (Too big)


  • Wallet
  • Personal alarm
  • Watch
  • Tickets
  • Stamps

One thing I didn’t have and needed was a head torch so I bought one for subsequent walks.

Bought on journey:

  • Stronger suncream
  • Sun hat
  • 1.5L Plastic water bottles to replace 500ml bottle

Posted home at Sedbergh:

  • Waterproof map
  • Binoculars
  • Full size shampoo
  • Old sun cream
  • Camera battery charger
  • One mobile & charger
  • Earphones
  • Rucksack liner (too bulky)
  • Personal alarm
  • Guidebook

Total pack weight to Sedbergh: 18lb and after Sedbergh: 12lb

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

Bench by the lake at Bowness on Windermere