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The High-Level Route

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Guidebook to walking Corsica’s GR20, known as the toughest waymarked trail in Europe. It makes a complete traverse through the high mountains, sometimes with hands-on scrambling. Covering 190km, it can be completed by fit walkers in about two weeks. The guide includes high- and low-level alternatives, plus extra mountain climbs.

The GR20, on the mountainous Mediterranean island of Corsica, is reputated to be the toughest waymarked trail in Europe. This ambitious route for fit and agile walker covers 190km as it makes a complete traverse through the island's high mountains. It can be completed in about two weeks, and calls for backpacking the whole way, sometimes with hands-on scrambling along the way. Facilities are limited to a dozen mountain refuges and a mere handful of hotels or gîtes. The ‘classic’ route is described in the guide, along with high and low-level alternatives, plus extra mountain climbs. This guide explains exactly what is involved in following the GR20, including what walkers need to carry. In the past, many have carried too much, or carried the wrong things, or simply had no idea how difficult the route is in places, but this guide reveals everything you need to know. Detailed route descriptions and stunning photographs leave walkers in no doubt as to what is required of them to walk this exceptionally beautiful, dramatic and rugged route.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over thirty guidebooks to his name, as well as more than a dozen booklets and brochures. He writes for outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as for tourism organisations.


Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. Paddy enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the USA.

While researching routes, Paddy works directly onto a palmtop computer, so that his descriptions are precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them. Paddy takes his own photographs, has appeared on radio and TV, and is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild.

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