As far as British weather goes, the South West of England is one of the more meteorologically stable regions. While there is likely to be some rain while you are there, there is a better chance than most of getting some sunshine too, so packing for the South West Coast Path is reasonably straight forward.
The good thing about walking with Macs Adventure is that you only have to carry a daypack, not the full rucksack, as your luggage will be transferred every day. Still, the things you pack in your daypack and put on your body every day deserve much thought.
You’ll need two bags; a small day-pack rucksack for the essentials you want to take on the trail, and an overnight bag.
Your day pack is the bag you carry with you on your walk containing food, water, spare clothes, cameras etc. It can be anything from 15 – 40
Your overnight bag should be a maximum of 20kg (for our baggage operators). Rucksacks are often more manageable for the baggage team to handle, although you can take any kind of bag for this. Bear in mind you won’t have access to this during the day.
Good walking boots are an absolute must. Don’t try to walk the South West Coast Path in anything other than hiking boots or shoes (there are some excellent specialist walking shoes on the market, but if you have to choose, go for boots for ankle support and extra waterproof-ness in the inevitable muddy patches!). If you are buying new boots, head to an excellent outdoor retailer who will give you advice, and make sure you gradually wear them in before starting the trail.
There is no point spending money on boots and then not using the right socks. Wearing one pair of good quality walking socks is ideal, and take a minimum of two pairs on your trip and preferably three (you can hand-wash at your accommodations). Bridgedale is a brand we love, and opting for a merino wool sock is a great way to keep the feet warm, dry, and able to breathe. We also have some tips for avoiding blisters on the blog.
Macs Adventure will provide you with maps and guidebooks, which you should carry with you on the walk, and although the South West Coast Path is very well waymarked and a clear path, a compass is a handy extra to help navigate “just in case” or if the cloud closes in. Always carry a well-charged mobile phone on which you can use the fantastic Macs App. You can use this in
Each section of the South West Coast Path has something different to offer and whichever you do and however long you choose to spend walking, you will have an amazing adventure. If you are interested in walking with the support of baggage transfers and comfortable overnight lodgings, take a look at our South West Coast Path itineraries or contact [email protected].
Happy packing, and have a safe and fun adventure!