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GR20 Walking Trail

Listed under Walking in Corsica, France.

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Walk Corsica for the GR20. At 200kms over two weeks it’s one Europe’s toughest mountain treks, not because of the terrain but because the weather can turn on you suddenly and there aren’t many points where you can walk out safely. The tricky legs are all during the first half of the walk so if you reach half way and you’re still going strong you know you should be fine.

Unfortunately as with a lot of the great European Walks the tricky bits are the most spectacular. You can walk it the other way, which is probably a good idea if you’re going in the peak season in July when it can be quite busy, but then you’ll have the tough bits at the end.

There are huts to stay in along the way where you can get food, it’s not particularly good but it saves you having to carry your own. You can also camp near the huts. You’re not supposed to camp along other sections of the trail and I‘ve been told that they have guards who do check so even though I was tempted I wasn‘t game enough to try it. If you go off season there are no rangers in the huts so you have to carry your own food.

This may all seem a bit much for you and you may be wondering why I’m recommending it alongside the more civilised European walks I normally embark upon, the scenery is beyond spectacular. Some of the best sections of the trail take walkers past the Lac de Nino, a glacial lake sitting in the middle of a flowery field, Monte Incudine, the highest point in the journey, which offers panoramic views and the Aiguilles de Bavella cliffs.

Several companies will transport your luggage for you along this route which may be worth considering if you’re out to enjoy yourself rather than prove how tough you can be. If you’re not up to the GR20 you can try the Sea to sea trail.

Written by  Russ Claridge.

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