Pennine Way Kit list

Pennine Way: Edale to Kirk Yetholm. 2013.

Length: 270 miles / 430 km. Month/s: Jun/July. Weather: very dry and hot. 2.5 days light rain. Accommodation: Mostly campsites, hostels & bunkhouses (See datasheet). Pack weight: 18lb / 8.2kg inclusive.

I decided to get some quotes for a courier to carry my camping things, but they came in at around £400 which I thought was high. I therefore decided to use this money to buy lightweight kit to enable me to complete the walk without support. I carried most of the things I needed and posted the rest. The main thing I didn’t take but wish I had was a pair of trekking poles.

My kit has evolved since I completed this walk in 2013. If you are interested, a more recent back packing kit list may be found on my most recent trail post (first in list).


Clothes (Worn):

  • Berghaus Goretex 3 in 1 jacket outer
  • Craghopper trousers
  • Bridgedale summer socks
  • Helly Hansen base layer top
  • Berghaus fleece top
  • Lowa Renegade boots
  • Superfeet blue insoles
  • Lightweight Buff

Clothes (carried):

  • Gelert shorts
  • Gaiters (not needed)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • 2 pairs Bridgedale summer socks
  • Helly Hansen base layer leggings for bed
  • Short sleeved synthetic T shirt
  • Cheap Sunhat
  • Karrimor Sandals
  • Microfibre Smalls



  • Gossamer Gear Mariposa rucksack 55L
  • Plastic water bottle 1.5L x 2
  • Harvey trail maps x 3
  • Silva 4 compass
  • Victorinox simple penknife
  • Loo stuff & Trowel
  • Exped drybags
  • Ortlieb map case (not needed)
  • Plastic whistle
  • 2 mini carabiner hooks

Camping: (Posted home at Greenhead)

  • Force Ten Helium Carbon 100 tent
  • Alpkit aluminium y pegs
  • PHD Minim sleeping bag
  • Thermarest Neoair Xlite mat
  • Exped Inflatable pillow

First aid:

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Paracetemol tablets
  • Ibuprofen gel
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Blister bandages
  • Small Sun cream F50
  • Insect repellant


  • Jetboil Sol stove
  • 2 x Gas canisters
  • Jetboil Coffee Press
  • Titanium mug
  • Titanium spork
  • J cloth (cut in half)
  • Small sponge
  • 2 x Plastic clothes pegs
  • 2 x Lighters
  • Rubbish bags


  • Phone
  • Aquapac waterproof phone case (Keep separate from insect repellants with DEET)
  • External battery & plug
  • Charger plug & phone cable
  • Petzl Tikka headtorch, spare batteries & pouch
  • Earphones
  • LDWA GPX route download


  • XS Exped bag
  • MSR Towel
  • Electric toothbrush & case
  • Travel toothpaste
  • 100 ml biodegradeable liquid soap
  • 50 ml shampoo
  • Earplugs
  • Wipes


  • Wallet & cash
  • Blank cheques x 4
  • Itinerary
  • Train tickets
  • Stamps
  • Watch
  • Glasses / case


  • Dehydrated main meals
  • Dehydrated breakfasts (I just have cereal bars now)
  • Teabags
  • Bag re-sealable coffee
  • Sugar sachets
  • Hip-flask

Not needed: Map case, Gaiters
Posted home: Steripen, Shewee, Flask, Water bladder, Plug.


I didn’t filter on this walk but just filled up my usual 2 x 1.5L water bottles when I could, and drank plenty of water at accommodation stops. This strategy is obviously easier when you use small campsites than if you wild camp. The only stretch where I ran low was between Bellingham and Windy Gyle in Northumberland when the daytime temperatures were around 30C, but fortunately it never reached the stage of serious dehydration.

Posting stuff:

In addition to the above kit, I posted packages of maps and a couple of food items to myself at various places along the route to reduce the weight of my pack. I also posted a few bits and pieces home along the way, including my camping kit at Greenhead.

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

PW Kit
Backpacking kit for the Pennine Way

7 thoughts on “Pennine Way Kit list

  1. Good thoughts. I am obsessive about water now after walking in hot weather for most of the trail. I only had a drinksafe straw which didn’t fit into the neck of my water bottle! When I realised that I started carrying at least 2.5 litres a day but it got so warm.

  2. I think the Traveltap’s about 700ml or something. Capacity is the reason I tended to use it to fill my Sigg bottle (a litre model). I tended to take a rest next to a stream and sit there filling the TravelTap, then filtering everything in to a Sigg or, indeed, my Platypus. I could easily filter a litre and a half or so in a ten to fifteen minute rest.

    I’m quite obsessive about water, especially on a hot day. I tend to set off with four litres of the stuff when it’s sunny which does weigh a fair bit. But you simply don’t know on many walks where you’ll be able to refill.

  3. Hi Andrew. Thanks for the tips. They look great but would have to hold a good quantity of water on high level walks like the PW to stop you having to go a long way off trail to top up. I will investigate 🙂

  4. For water, you can get water purifcation bottles like the TravelTap (which I’ve used) and Water To Go (which I haven’t). They’re great as you can just fill up and dispense water on demand – what I did was use one to fill up my Sigg bottle. Lot less faff I reckon than most alternative options and if you have a good water source, you could just use them as a spare water bottle (always good to have lots of water!)

  5. As it turned out I didn’t need the poncho or the gaiters as the weather was very hot and dry during the walk. Instead the sunhat and cream turned out to be essential. One thing I definitely should have taken & didn’t was a few water purification tablets

  6. Hi Mike. Thanks for looking over my kit list which is still evolving. I had missed off my jacket so have just added it. The reason for a waterproof poncho as well is that it keeps you and the rucksack dry in one go without being too hot. I sometimes just take that instead of a jacket having seen other long distance walkers using them. Cost = Under a tenner. I still need to work out my pack weight. It was 14lb (sorry not metric) for the Cumbria Way but that was without a tent.

  7. yep looks a pretty good set of gear, you have obviously asked plenty of advice. looks as though yr BPL (base pack load) is going to be below 7/8kg?
    One query, PONCHO is the word for a very low tech piece of weather gear and a decent jacket ( which can also be used on a daily basis) might be a more viable option and worth paying for.

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