A breath-taking week in the Tuscan mountains
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The most inspirational moment for me was standing on one of the mountain peaks, at over 2,000 metres (definitely earned lunch!), and having absolutely beautiful views every direction I turned, without other walkers, cars or houses anywhere in sight. There wasn't anywhere else I wanted to be in the world, except in that moment on the mountain top.
What did you think of your group leader?
Our leader, Sara Bull, was fantastic. She went out of her way to ensure we all enjoyed the trip, whether this meant adapting the walk depending on weather, lending out her spare gear and keeping up our pecker with a constant biscuit supply! Sara is extremely knowledgeable about the region so has a plethora of suitable walking routes which can be chosen on the day to suit the weather conditions and the needs of the group. She also has a great sense of humour so you will be kept well-entertained. Make sure you ask her about a certain blue face mask!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This was a 'challenging week' and lived up to this grade. Although it suited me perfectly, make sure you are prepared for long days of walking, some scrambling and a far amount of ascent. Don't be fooled into thinking you will be rambling around little farms and vineyards, as I had imagined a holiday in Tuscany may offer - this holiday far outdoes this expectation but take it from me, big mountains are involved! Make sure you take all your gear; some days we wore shorts and t-shirts yet others we needed several layers, hat, gloves etc. Lastly, pack your swim wear! The outdoor pool may be on the chilly side in Autumn but it is very refreshing after a day of walking.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I will definitely be recommending this trip to several friends. I had an absolutely fantastic holiday so if you are considering booking it, go ahead! Thank you for making it a week I will never forgot.