I walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path in August 2014 and had cold, windy and wet weather. 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 the Walkers Baggage Transport company 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…
Hiking 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. The first and last day was road / path walking and the middle days were through fields (often muddy) and some uneven terrain where you need to be careful with your ankles.
Sandals – for shower and evening -I love my TEVA Tirra sandals
Waterproof pants – a necessity walking in England!
Gators – These were terrific over my wet weather pants for all the muddy fields
Shorts x 1, poly material, light, quickdry, zip pockets for money
Knee brace – I have a bad knee
Underpants x 3 – I wear Icebreaker hipkini, I find merino is the best for breathability and quick dry
Shirts x 2 short-sleeve quick-dry t-shirts (washed one each evening and wore the alternative one to dinner)
Sports bra x 2
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.
Buff – to keep your neck warm, but can also be used as a hat, headband etc
Fleece x 1 – a lightweight merino
Jacket x 1 – Macpac Event – invest in a good waterproof, breathable and lightweight jacket unless you take an umbrella or good poncho
Hat – I use a sports cap that fits under my rain jacket hood and helps to keep the rain off my face