Gear List – Coast to Coast

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
  • Hiking pants x 1 – Kiwi Pro-Stretch Craghoppers – quick dry, lightweight, stretchy and comfortable
  • 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
  • Sports bra
  • 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
  • Fleece
  • 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack – I used a Lowe Airzone Trek ND33-40, it’s lightweight and small
  • Backpack raincover (not necessary if using a poncho)
  • Backpack liner – I recommend using a dry bag inside your backpack for extra protection against rain, I have a 40 litre dry bag inside mine.
  • Dry bags inside pack to compartmentalise clothes
  • Guidebook – Trailblazer Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman, 5th Edition
  • Compass
  • Ziplock bags – for keeping things like passport/guidebook/pilgrim’s passport etc dry and also good for storing leftover food if you cook. Pack as many as you can.
  • Water Container –  1 x 2 litre water bottle
  • Walking poles – I used and love my PACER POLES
  • Utensils – spork & cup
  • Headlamp – only really necessary if staying in hostels / camping or walking before or after sunrise
  • Alarm Clock – use phone/watch
  • Clothes Line – I have the lifeventure pegless clothes line and it is the most used item I own!
  • Towel: ULTRALIGHT PACKTOWEL (you can rent one in most YHA’s and they are provided in B&B’s / pubs)
  • Ear plugs – definitely a necessity in the hostels
  • Eye mask – good to use in hostels when headlamps are shining your way
  • Foldable daypackSea to summit Ultra Sil 20l pack
  • Sleeping Bag – I didn’t take mine on this walk because all of the accommodation (hostels / B&B’s / pubs) provided bedding
  • S hook – I took one from my dad’s garden and use it for hanging things up in showers when there are no hooks
  • Safety pins – for hanging wet clothes on your pack to dry
  • Camera – I used a Sony RX 100 compact digital camera
  • GPS – I used a Garmin 62s and found it helpful for recording my tracks, distances, elevation etc
  • Phone with headphones – I used my iPhone as a second camera and to listen to music
  • Chargers for camera & phone
  • Adaptor Plug – if you’re not from England
  • Spare batteries – AA for my GPS and AAA for my headlamp
  • Shampoo – I used a LUSH shampoo bar for hair and body and it lasts more than a month
  • Soap – multi-purpose soap for washing clothes, body, hair etc
  • Toothbrush – Kathmandu does small, folding and lightweight toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste – bring a small tube and you can always buy more
  • Toilet paper / tissues – inevitably you’ll have to go somewhere along the trail but please take your rubbish with you (easy to pack it out in a ziplock bag)
  • FirstAid Kit– bandaids, needle and thread, antiseptic cream, betadyne, ibuprofen, painkillers, sunscreen, lip balm, scissors, tweezers, Imodium, anti-histamine, antibacterial hand gel

6 responses to “Gear List – Coast to Coast

  1. Pingback: Packing List and What I Wish I’d Done Differently for the Coast to Coast, U.K. | Before Morning Breaks·

  2. Very useful! I am leaving for the C2C. Debating whether to bring an extra pair of trousers and/or shorts (plus leggings for sleeping). Did you get by with one pair?


    • Hi Monica, lucky you, it’s a stunning walk!

      I carried:
      1 x shorts
      1 x trousers
      1 x waterproof pants
      1 x baselayer pants for sleeping in

      I had some warm days where I wore the shirts and then some unseasonably cold days where I wore the trousers then a few rainy/boggy/cold days where I wore the waterproof pants. I was staying in accommodation each night (not camping) so I didn’t need any more clothes than this because everything had a chance to dry overnight.

      Happy trails!!


  3. Thanks for posting this. I did the Camino Frances last summer and will walk the C2C in Mid June and have seen more recommendations for hiking boots on the C2C than for the El Camino.

    Like you, I used the Salomon GTX 3D’s in France/Spain and had no problem with them for days under 30km but the reports of soggy bogs and mud in the Lake District have me second guessing my choice. But you had no problems with wetness? And are the gators really worth the space and weight?

    My other packing items closely matched yours except that I wore a key chain, click light on a lanyard for night time use in the hostels and it was extremely useful for reading or navigating in the dark without disturbing others.

    Also, I used NOK anti chaffing cream (Amazon) for blister prevention and I never had a problem which is saying a lot for El Camino trekkers. I think it’s mostly shea butter but it certainly works.


    • Hi Wil, I can understand why boots are recommended for the C2C (rocky patches around the lake district) but I’ve never been a fan myself and I use hiking poles so I think this just comes down to personal preference. I had a few days of rain and bog and if I was to walk it again in summer I would take non-goretex shoes because they dry quicker than wet goretex. I wore ankle gators and they’re great to keep out small stones and dirt as well as keep your socks drier when walking through wet grass but again, personal preference. It’s a stunning walk, lucky you!!


      • Found your blog by chance while searching for information about the Coast to Coast hike. I didn’t use gaiters while I was walking the French Camino many years ago, but I guess the terrain is quite different compared to the C2C. I think I’ll take your suggestion and get a pair before my C2C walk in two weeks time. Cheers!


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