Hadrian’s wall kit list

Hadrian’s Wall: Wallsend to Bowness on Solway. 2012

Length: 84 miles / 135 km. Walked: June. Weather: mixed. No camping. Pack weight: 13lb / 5.8kg.

This was my first thru-hiked long distance trail so I made some errors with my kit which I have included in the hope that they may be helpful. As I wasn’t backpacking, this is a different kind of kit list from my Pennine Way list the following year. Apart from a hostel and two bunkhouses, my accommodation was high season, single occupancy, last minute bed and breakfast so it was an expensive trip, which is why I moved towards cheaper and free accommodation on later hikes.


  • Berghaus 35L daysack (Should have taken a cover or liner)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sit mat
  • First aid kit (Off the shelf – too much stuff)
  • Multitool penknife (Over engineered for my needs)
  • Silva 4 compass
  • Plastic whistle
  • 500ml Plastic water bottle (Not nearly enough water!!)
  • Sea to Summit Map case
  • Guidebook (I read guidebooks in advance now to save weight)
  • Harvey map (Given to me on the walk)


  • Phone charger
  • Charger plug

Clothes carried:

  • 2 pairs summer socks
  • Cotton T shirt
  • Cotton long sleeved base layer

(I would never wear any cotton clothing again having discovered how long it takes to dry)


  • Glasses & case
  • Contacts & solution (too fiddly and bulky)
  • Electric Toothbrush & case (I still take this although it is heavy, so no handle cutting has ever taken place)
  • Toothpaste (too big)
  • Insect repellent (too big)
  • Suncream (too big)
  • Wipes

(Normal size toiletries were much too bulky and heavy. I now use travel stuff or decant into 50/100ml plastic bottles).


  • Wallet
  • Cash, essential cards & a few cheques
  • Olympus Tough Camera (battery ran out and I had no spare)
  • 2 phones
  • Watch
  • Stamps
  • Essential keys

Clothes worn:

  • Old waterproof jacket (Failed to check the proofing so it did’t keep me dry)
  • Cotton long sleeved top
  • Own brand leather walking boots (The most important bit of kit. Although they had done a few years day hiking, these boots were uncomfortable in constant use)
  • Craghopper summer trousers
  • Bridgedale summer socks
  • Lightweight Buff

(I didn’t take any footwear for the evenings so had to buy some. I also failed to store my kit in a way that kept important things dry)

Bought on journey:

  • Blister bandages (these do work although they gummed up my socks a bit)
  • Flip flops (lightweight, compact, cheap and a good option with heel blisters)
  • Spare camera battery/s

(All these things could easily have been bought in advance and would have saved a lot of time).

Total pack weight: Approx. 13lb / 5.8kg

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

Finish shelter
Shelter at the end of the trail, Bowness on Solway