Heavy demands are made of your feet in long-distance walking. It
is therefore very important to have good footwear. Do not set off
on a walking holiday in new shoes or boots which you have never
used. Choosing footwear is a personal matter, but it is worth
giving it some careful thought. There are many different types and
designs: talk to the shopkeeper and make your wishes known: what
you need is waterproof footwear, with strong, non-slip soles etc.
Consider buying several pairs of strong, well-made, boots or
Get your shoes fitted, or test them for comfort, in the
evening, because your feet are slightly swollen and therefore
bigger at this time of day.
Buy footwear with special shock-absorbing soles suitable for
Essentials for long-distance walking
Good footwear .
Windproof garment (e.g. rain-cape) or parka type GORE TEX
(waterproof but breathable fabric).
Headwear to protect your ears in cold conditions, and gloves
(even in summer).
Mobile phone (can be useful!).
Anorak or heavy pullover.
Tissues or paper handkerchiefs
Water bottle preferably of aluminium.
Small bag for carrying rubbish/litter in.
Needed for the environment
A waste bag which you can carry with you until you reach
the next village. Our policy is that no one should drop the least
scrap of litter or tissue in the woods. It is easy to carry a small
plastic bag and throw it into a dustbin at the end of the day‘s
A telescopic walking-stick.
When you buy it, test the fastenings to make sure they work well
and that the backpack fits your back.
Choose a waterproof backpack , or one with a
Capacity: 30 to 35 litres.
A thumb-strap is very useful.
Side-pockets are an advantage - for carrying spectacles, hat,
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