WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Undoubtedly getting to the top of Tuscany's highest mountain, the Monte Prado, in the Apennines on the last day. At 2054 metres, this was the highest mountain I'd ever climbed and, despite the aching legs and knees, the sense of achievement and breathtaking views, ensured it was truly magical. 

What did you think of your group leader?

Liz was the most efficient group leader we've ever had. Her attention to detail, particularly regarding our collective health and safety, was excellent. She was incredibly fit herself but did not let this in anyway intimidate those of us who weren't quite up to her Triathlon standards! And she gave us absolutely the right advice in recommending we use our hiking boots rather than our walking trainers - the footpaths are slippy at times.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

You do need a reasonable level of fitness for this trip. Walking poles are really useful, particularly when it comes to descents and not putting too much strain on those knees and leg muscles. Although excellent lunches were provided, I wished I'd taken some cereal bars or trailmix, to give me some extra energy at critical moments and I would definitely have bought one of those portable water bladders so that I could sip continuously - it was very hot!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

A great holiday made even more perfect by the best group we have ever travelled with. We were all slightly older, no prima donnas, who were all really supportive, sharing everything from painkillers to blister plasters. And the craic at the end of the day couldn't have got any better. Thanks all! PS. It's Liz, not Elizabeth!