WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The camaradeship on some of the toughest walking days, up and down the sides of mountains when some of us were less steady on our feet or woozy at the heights or exposure. A great recommendation for the sort of folk who go on these Exodus trips, from 27 to 63 in age range and varied backgrounds and lives.

What did you think of your group leader?

Superlative in her versatility and dedication to making the most for us of the week. Such as giving us chance to spend last half-day af a great local mushroom and chestnut festival in 'Newcastle' (as one of our number preferred to translate mediaeval town name!) instead of easy option of taking us to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Be prepared for a battle to get hot water in the showers first or negotiating which flat gets first dibbs! Hopefully, they will have sorted this problem out by next season as basic but nice accommodation fine but you do need a hot shower at end of the day! Minorish quibble that the farmhouse needs to sort.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

A both relaxing week with great company (if you're lucky too - helped by being a solos trip so all made great efforts to mingle), and also pretty challenging terraine with fantastic rewards at the top of the ascents. Safe though, no mountaineering required.