Footwear. It may be obvious, but we’ll say it anyway. Well-made, sturdy, comfortable, properly fitting, tested and waterproof boots or hiking shoes are the most vital piece or kit for a walk across England. Also near the top of our list: walking sticks, “waterproofs” (both jacket and pants) that are really waterproof not just repellant, maps and guides, and Ibuprofen. It seems that even the young need the drug at times but when you’re our age you need it every day–to keep down the inflammation in muscles and joints, not to mention to pain of sore feet and blisters.