GR20 Corsica September 2014

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The Cirque de Solitude day is breathtaking in its almost vertical rock faces. The view backwards once you've done the climbs is simply one of the most satisfying experiences.

What did you think of your group leader?

Pascal our main group leader was a lovely guide. Very experienced and felt like a safe pair of hands but also just a nice guy to spend time with and worked really hard to make us welcome at the mountain huts by befriending the owners! Our second guide Marty was also great, full of fascinating stories about the Marines and ready for a laugh.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Do train before, just so you're prepared for some long days. There are one or two places to clean clothes so you don't need to overpack. Snacks can be handy if you don't like rustic mountain hut food. There is a supermarket in the first stop to get foods to top up. I would definetely recommend peanut butter/nutella to boost the meagre breakfasts, good instant coffee or a camp stove to make your own - its a bit hit and miss. Definetely be prepared with camping/dormitory living essentials: torches, flip flops, travel towel, sleeping bag.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Don't be put off by all the Gr20 nonsense about it being too tough. Its not that bad and its one of the best walks you can do over a long distance. Maybe add on a few rest days at the end and don't go straight back to work like I did!