Exmouth pensioner John climbs Corsica hills in latest adventure

PUBLISHED: 19:00 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 01 August 2017

John Goldman trekking in Corsica

John Goldman trekking in Corsica


Judo instructor John Goldman, 70, spent six days on the Mediterranean island with his daughter Ruth, grandson Josh and three students.

An Exmouth pensioner has proven that age is no barrier by completing a ten-day trek in Corsica.

John Goldman, 70, has returned from the escapade on the Mediterranean island, where he experienced rocky terrain and 40C heat.

The judo instructor was joined on the trek by his daughter Ruth, grandson Josh and three other students.

This latest adventure comes a year after John climbed part of the snowy Pyrenees.

He said the latest trek was ‘simply amazing’.

“What a climb it was,” said John. “A lot of it was in very baron land – there was no respite, you just had to do it.

“Long days, some up to 11 hours walking, just seemed to pass by. The scenery was unlike anything I had ever seen before - stunning.”

After last year’s trek, John said his next adventure would be in warmer climates.

The six-strong team used only ferries and trains to get to Corsica, which sits south of Monaco and west of Rome.

Travelling there took two days each way, leaving the group the best part of six days to trek across the island’s rocky terrain.

The group also had a guide to help them around the island.

John added: “Coming down was almost as difficult as going up in a different sort of way – you’ve got to watch your step coming down.”

John got the taste for adventure after climbing and walking on part of the Pyrenees with his daughter last year. They took on that challenge to mark Ruth’s 50th birthday.

The father and daughter team also had a mini-adventure in London last year when they visited all the landmarks on a Monopoly board, including a free car park which they found at a superstore.

During the trip, they also visited Fleet Street in memory of John’s father Harold, who worked for a national newspaper before moving to Exmouth in 1963.

John, who has lived in Exmouth since 1952, has been teaching judo for nearly 40 years and runs the Exmouth Judo Centre with Ruth.

He is unsure when and where the next challenge will come from.

John added: “I’m sure Ruth will think of something.”

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