The last couple of weeks I've been pulling bits and pieces together. Downloading PDF's from the Nat Trails website and reading the Cicerone guide to get an idea of how to tackle the route. I've also bought the set of Harvey's maps and am currently looking at camping spots along the way. The Backpackers Club publishes the farm pitch and LDP directories which I'm going to use to indentify alternatives to the camp sites already marked on the map. Once this is done I'll look at how to break the route down into stages.
I'm going to take three weeks off work; this will give me 21 days to walk the 268 miles with rest days, and I'll have to allow 2 days for travel to the start and back from the finish.
Once the stages are loosely thought out I'll turn my thought to food and supplies. More on this later.