I have used several types of Sealskin,I think they are best to keep your feet warm on winter bike rides.Though your feet have to be warm first
I already have a lighter sock for runnning and have walked in them. The main drawback for me was that being strong and stretchy they scrunch the toes up and the thickness might mean you have to move up a shoe size,neither of which is desirable.
Map and compass; once in the Highlands I had a sore neck from looking down at it so much, but for the Oh sh*t moments that happen I have GB Memory Map and GPS on a smart phone. Saved time on many occasion - great to see the locator giving the position. Being off route messes up your schedules.
I carried the smart phone and a Garmin Etrex on the Cape Wrath Trail so I had a battery back up if the phone died. Knowing you are off route is one thing not knowing where you are is another.
Guys, good stuff already. Might be Spring jaunts as day length is going to be my enemy. Some good write ups as a class walk. I recently did the Ridgeway and it looked nice around Goring where I think they cross or are near.
Any advice on this trip would be weIcome. I am ticking off the National Trails; six to do. I am looking at the Thames Path over the winter in two trips going east to west (or is it better the other way)
A mix for camping, hostels and B and B seems possible as Locks often have camp sites. I also have a small camper I can sleep in and wonder if that is possible if I could get back to it each evening via public transport.