CORSICA: THE GR20

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Probably the sense of achievement felt in completing an undoubtedly arduous trip (particularly for a wrinkly).  But also the great deal of spectactular scenery.

What did you think of your group leader?

Very well organised and efficient.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The Exodus aims for the trip are largely, but not completely, realized.  Prospective GR20'ers need to be aware that the Exodus version bypasses some significant sections of the main route.  You do get a real experience of the GR20 including such highlights as the Cirque de Solitude.  A further compensation is a trip down the Tavignano valley that leads to a very pleasant rest day in Corte.  However, it remains very much a matter of personal ethics whether you get to wear the tea-shirt at the end of the trip. There is inevitably some variation in the standard of the accommodation used.  The food served at Capanelle, where we stayed for two nights, was poor.  The bread that formed virtually the only component of breakfast had much the same age and consistency as the local rock.  The accommodation at Bassetta was pretty unpleasant.  However, all other places were acceptable, or much better.  The attitude taken by the custodians can make a big difference.  In two places (the Sega refuge and Col de Verde) the very friendly and welcoming reception from the custodians enhanced the visits considerably.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

When Exodus state that the last day of walking is the longest and hardest, you'd better believe them.  Be prepared for a 12 hour outing with two long, knee-crunching descents.  The very considerable compensations are a magnificent view from Monte Incudine coupled with an exciting close-up encounter with the Aiguilles de Bavella.