Besides your enthusiasm and company, some vital necessities are necessary for making the walk a success.
Waterproof Boots and Gear
Hiking boots are essential for this trip, and waterproof boots are a necessity. English weather has a reputation for being unpredictable, and having boots that can withstand the elements is essential. Waterproof gear that will keep you dry is vital during the beginning sections of the walk where rain or ‘heavy drizzle’ may hamper your tour.
Keeping your feet comfortable is essential on the Coast to Coast, especially as the terrain is quite rough and the distances walked in a day are numerous. As you will be out walking over a long period, hiking boots that provide sufficient ankle support is a necessity. Ensure that your shoes are comfortable and well-worn in otherwise the experience may not be a pleasant one.
Using the right socks is as important as using the right pair of boots. Wearing the right pair of good quality walking socks and coating your feet with petroleum jelly will help prevent blisters.
Waterproof wax is as crucial as waterproof boots. Marshes, harsh weather and wear and tear are sure to ruin your shoes. Waterproof wax will help you keep your feet dry for the course of the journey.
If you are booked through Auswalk, the chances are that you have the main bag which has the bulk of your clothes and equipment will be transferred to your accommodation. However, you still require a backpack to carry spare clothing, food, and water. An ideal pack should be 15-30 liters and have a waistband for additional support.
Walking the coast to coast requires having reliable walking poles. There are numerous benefits of arming yourself with one for the trek. Walking poles provide support when going uphill and a brake when going downhill. A walking pole also provides a balance point when crossing ravines and rivers. Having a pair is ideal, but many walkers are generally ok with just one. There are numerous brands of walking poles in the market, and one should seek the advice of knowledgeable mountain hikers before purchasing one.
During the warmer summer months, sunscreen is necessary as most of the walking will be done in open paths resulting in direct risk of sunburns. Besides sunscreen, insect repellant is also required during the summer months. A good sun hat that covers the back of your neck is also essential when attempting the walk during the summer while a waterproof jacket and trousers are highly recommended during the winter, autumn, and spring. A waterproof jacket and pants are also ideal as the weather may prove unpredictable, and it can rain at any time of year.
As every hiker can attest, water is essential when walking. It is vital to carry a water carrier for the length of your journey as it is key to keeping hydrated. Recent advances have seen the hydration system with a reservoir in your pack, and a drinking tube become popular.
It doesn’t hurt to have snacks that will provide you with much-needed energy during the coast to coast walk. Energy bars and snack low on sugar are ideal.
Although the experience of walking the coast to coast is hard to replicate, having a camera to capture your journey will help. A camera will also help you capture the picturesque and breathtaking views of the English countryside.