Walking a spectacular coastline in winter sun
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
It has to be the Path of the Gods, a long, well-defined traverse high on the mountainside, with views down to the little towns on the coast and way out to sea.
What did you think of your group leader?
Lively, motivating, approachable. Very quickly aware of the varying capabilities of the various group members. We very much benefited from his local knowledge.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be aware that many in our group would not have described this holiday as 'leisurely/moderate'. The descent to Amalfi, for example, involves nearly 3000 large, uneven steps, and some short stretches of the Path of the Gods require scrambling over rocks. Older people, even if fit and used to walking, are likely to be slowed down. Also, public transport from the hotel is very limited, reducing options for the free day.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The group leader would make life easier for himself, and make the group feel safer, if he had a volunteer back-marker armed with a whistle for each walk, to keep an eye on slower walkers. Potential travellers need to be made aware of the distinctive nature of the walking in this terrain, involving very long flights of often difficult steps, which older walkers tend to find particularly difficult. It was a relief to some to find that on some occasions there was an alternative in the form of a local bus.