WALKING IN TUSCANY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The ridge walk to M Prado on my birthday and the walk to M Sumbra - both on lovely September days.

What did you think of your group leader?

There are good leaders and then there is Sara Bull. Enthusiastic, energetic and competent. She planned the week to make the best of the weather though it turned out better then forecast. It was a moderate grade and there were different levels of fitness but she organised the walks so that everyone felt comfortable and no-one was left champing at the bit: she gave excellent intructions so that we could go ahead and wait in the sun while the others caught up. I had my birthday on the second day and hadn't told anyone but Sara found out and planned a fantastic surprise in the evening - I was very touched. She always went the extra mile. I've never got so much out of a free day - she planned it all for us and we had a great day in Lucca.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Moderate means you should be able to go up and down hills confidently.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We picnicked on the summits having carried the items amongst us and it was always delicious - we ate like starving wolves. On the way home we stopped at a bar for a small prosecco or a large beer and one day the most amazing ice-cream any of us had encountered. We then went home to Braccicorti where Mama treated us like family and fed us on excellent local dishes. We tried to squeeze a swim in before dinner but this was September and the evenings were drawing in.  Not to forget Sara's dog Elvis; the focus of our attention and affection all week - a lovely companion.