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on 19 July 2017
Great walks but some timings and details a bit out
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on 26 May 2009
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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on 9 August 2013
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. Others will feel that they wish to have their hand held somewhat closer than the author does. Of course, in part this is a problem of space. As the book covers a lot of ground not every path junction and twist and turn can be mentioned in the text. That said there are certainly times when the guide lets one down. This seems to most often occur on the outskirts of settlements and when in pine forest.

My own experience using the guide was that, whilst it was adequate for directions 90% of the time, the lack of detail was at times frustrating. In part this is down to the author's style, which tends to stress plants & flowers before compass direction. She also has a tendency to poetic vagueness in her prose, for example "a pretty cascading side stream with lovely pools is encountered". What the author fails to tell us about this "encounter" is whether this stream is crossed, followed upstream or downstream.

As a tip to walkers it is worth noting that there have been considerable reroutings of paths on Corsica in the last 20 years. In part this has been due to forest fires, but also due to other forestry activity and some restoration and repair work in villages. Current maps may be out of date, old maps certainly are, while one can go astray easily by following old paint markings or local hunters paths rather than the main path. If using the Cicerone guide you can check for updates to the routes on their website.

Overall and despite the criticism above and some minor errors in the route summaries this is an excellent guide and the definitive work in English for the paths mentioned. I used it to walk all three long distance paths in 2013 and would recommend it as an addition to your backpack.
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on 2 June 2013
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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on 11 August 2014
Brilliant book and very informative - A must buy for anybody hiking one of the long trails in Corsica.
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on 26 September 2010
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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