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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press (1 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185284387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852843878
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Ah, the scented Isle...loved by French gourmands and Italian sun-seekers but, most of all, by walkers. Around 10,000 a year tackle the GR20, one of France's more technically demanding long distance footpaths. But only a relative few take the paths less travelled, through the forests and along the coast. Gillian Price has laid this magical island bare to walkers of all abilities. In her usual straightforward style, she provides a wedge of information in the front of the book, including a glossary of French and Corsican terms. It's worth mentioning (the book doesn't) that, as well as heavily accented French, Corsicans speak a Genoese-based dialect which, in remote places, might be spoken as the first language. Most places have two names: the Corsu or Corsican names which often end in u, and the Frenchified names where the u translates to o. There are a couple of other small omissions. Gillian fails to point out that a massive influx of summer tourists means prices on the island almost double during July and August. Still, most of these peak-season visitors are beach blobs and some of the more remote walks described in the book will be quiet year round. Nor does she discuss the political unrest created by the independence movement on the island, possibly because this does not generally impact on tourists. Gillian has intentionally excluded the GR20 (covered in Paddy Dillon's Cicerone guide, GR20: The Corsican High Level Route) and instead offers three long-distance walks: the glorious 10-day Mare e Monti (sea and mountains) plus north and south versions of a coast-to-coast. These are infrequently walked, so a guidebook to back up dodgy signposting will erase many of the question marks along the way. Fairly obviously, these walks can be dissected into smaller chunks or blended with day routes described later in the book. My own favourite area, around Evisa with the Aitone cloud forest, rock pools and the Spelunca Gorge, joined together with bits of the Mare e Monti, could keep you happy for days on its own. For the day walker, 18 routes vary from a one-way cliff-top bumble from the pirate port of Bonifacio to the five-hour Paglio Orba loop in the central highlands though, unfortunately, many are linear. The routes are clustered in the north-west and south-east in the two Parc Naturels - fair enough as these are truly spectacular areas - and while the list of walks isn't exhaustive, it provides an excellent basis for planning a holiday. Once you're on the island, with the right maps and the scent of sun-baked mountain herbs floating up your nostrils, you might even cut loose and find your own way.' (Judy Armstrong, TGO May 2004)

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Gillian Price has explored the mountains of Italy and Corsica, bringing them to life in a series of outstanding guides. She is member of the Italian Alpine Club and Outdoor Writers' Guild.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Ardizzone on 26 May 2009
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I've just completed a holiday in Corsica having walked 5 of the short walks in this book. "Walking in Corsica" is really well written, with lots of context on the landscape, flora and fauna but most importantly the directions are clear and easy to follow. The short walks have been well chosen - some are very popular, others are more off the beaten track, it's quite varied and the guide takes care to grade each route by difficulty and gives a good overview of what you are like to get out the day's hike.

Corsica is a stunningly beautiful island with some of the best walking I've ever encountered: this book is a thorough, easy to use and reliable guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Harris on 9 Aug. 2013
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This Cicerone guide written by the experienced guidebook writer Gillian Price is a splendid companion to a walking holiday in Corsica. It covers three long distance footpaths ( Mare e Monti Mare-Mare Nord and Mare-Mare Sud) as well as 18 short day walks. The guide book is in the usual Cicerone format which can be easily slipped into the pocket, though at present it is in the older style without the waterproof plastic cover that characterises more recent editions of the publishers guide books. In addition, to the sections on the walks themselves, there is a good introductory section covering such matters as transport, weather, food and flora & fauna.

The book has useful overview maps, which show the route, accommodation and some key features of each walk. It also has some great photographs, which will inspire you before you set off ( I particularly liked the cover photo of Capu Rossu). Details of relevant accommodation in gîte d'étape, camping grounds and hotels are given complete with telephone numbers. Ms. Price also adds some useful comments on the accommodation both in praise, " refurbished comfortable with lovely terrace" and occasionally dropping a hint that the accommodation has some issues, "run by a cantankerous family". The guide concludes with route summary charts of the three longer paths showing the key points of the route, timings, transport links and accommodation.

The central weakness of the guide for some readers will be the lack of clear detailed route finding directions particularly on some of the more confusing parts of the longer paths. This is always a difficult issue. Some may see little cause for step-by-step route directions when the Corsicans have splashed paint about so liberally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms CD Hopkins on 2 Jun. 2013
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The book gave us some ideas but as you would imagine, given the publication date (2003), it was rather outdated. However, there is very little out there which was why I bought the book. Definitely worth having in conjunction with other locally published leaflet. Would strongly recommend the author updates it.
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By leon twigg on 11 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant book and very informative - A must buy for anybody hiking one of the long trails in Corsica.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. M. Hart on 26 Sept. 2010
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I bought this for my Father-in-Law and he was thrilled with it. He is soon to be travelling to Corsica and loves walking, so the perfect gift.
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