I walked the Coast to Coast over July and August 2013 and had mainly lovely summer days with highs around 25 degrees celsius but also a few very wet days. This list reflects that time of the year.
There is however a baggage service which can pick up and drop off your bag at your destination daily. Howard used Coast to Coast Packhorse and it cost £7 daily, he usually booked the same day for the next’s day pick up. If using this service just make sure to bring a daypack big enough for food, water, wet weather gear, extra socks, fleece etc to carry with you.
Starting from the bottom up…
Shoes – Again I wore my Salomon GTX XA Ultra 3D shoes as I’m much more comfortable in shoes than boots and I also use two poles to steady me on rocky paths, but this comes down to personal preference. There are alot of rocky and uneven paths and steep descents where you need to be careful with your ankles.
Sandals – for shower and evening – I wore TEVA Tirra sandals
Socks x 3 – combination of lightweight and midweight merino socks depending on the weather
Gators – These were terrific when sinking in the bogs
Shorts x 1, poly material, light, quickdry, zip pockets for money
Knee brace – For my dodgy knee
Underpants x 2 – I wore Icebreaker hipkini. Merino is great for breathability and quick dry
Shirts x 2 – 1 short-sleeve and 1 long-sleeve
Icebreaker sleeves – these are one of my favourite items. I wear them with short sleeve t-shirts and it saves me from constantly taking off and putting on a fleece, I can simply roll them down my arm if I get hot. (I wouldn’t take these again as I would use a long-sleeve top to walk in instead, better for sun protection and warmth)
Buff – to keep your neck warm, but can also be used as a hat, headband etc
Rain gear – I took waterproof pants and my Macpack Event rain jacket. If I was to do it again in summer I would probably just take a good poncho and use this with gators instead
Hat – I use a sports cap that fits under my rain jacket hood and helps to keep the rain off my face