CORSICA: THE GR20
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Well, completing the walk and walking through a guard of honour of raised walking poles was pretty special. I was openly teary, but a young fellow walker had grit in his eyes............!
What did you think of your group leader?
Barbara is an excellent guide - she made the slightly daunting trip feel safe and organised us all with great skill and tact. She tried extremely hard to keep the group together and largely succeeded. She did have a huge task however, a widely diverse group of walkers and difficult territory was a big ask. I think with a group of 16, given that the walk is at the top end of it's classification, an extra guide would possibly have been advisable, or maybe reclassify the trip.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Travel light, you really don't need too much stuff with you. There are laundry facilities at the two ski centres and of course at Corte. Bring goodies, the food is fine, but a bit dull. A few sachets of mayo/sauce/pepper will make the pasta lunches much more appetising. Pillows are not a given. Don't stress about taking a day off. One of our best days was spent reading by a wonderful river, falling into a deep pool every now and then to cool off...........
Is there anything else you would like to add?
In lots of ways I was outside my comfort zone - long days of hard walking were fine, but queueing for showers and big mixed dorms (what? no ensuite??) was a bit more of a challenge. After a day or two though you do relax and discover that you don't have to be in control of your environment 101% of the time. It is great to realise that even nearing retirement you can still rise to a challenge. I came home with a real spring in my step (this is metaphorical, my knees were, in fact, pretty battered!) with a distinctly different view of life. Go for it!