Thursday, 29 May 2014

The world's spectacular cliff paths

If you enjoy hiking, or just the idea of it,  cliff paths are a beautiful and safe way to get the most out of nature's extreme gifts. Come with us on a walk through some of the world's most spectacular cliff paths.
 1. The Huangshan Path,
     Southern Anhui Province, China.
It's one of the major tourist destinations of China.

The Fairytale Bridge.
The Huangshan Mountain Range has been declared
 a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are 30 touring paths over 50 km long with a width 1 - 2 meter wide.

Going down and going up again, the road is long and
winding according to the mountain contours.
No. 2 Capri Island Path, Italy.
On the pristine Mediterranean Island of Capri lies one
of the most beautiful ocean cliff of Europe.
The Via Krupp as it's called was carved into
southern coast of the island in 1902.
The path was re-opened recently after
30 years of restoration.
The path was designed by German Industrialist Friedrich Krupp
for easier access to the marinas below.
3. Walkway of Tianmen Mountain, China.
The magnificent Tianmen Mountain paths are located 
on Tianmen National Park, Hunan Province.
A cable car facility is being constructed to bring visitors to the top of the mountain from the railway station near Zhangjiajie.
The tortuous cliff path is about 1,600 meters long, at an average height of 1,400 meters. It is entirely built in the cliff, with little walking space.

Sections of the trails have glass floor installed so those curious and daring could see the world below them. At 1,400 meters above sea-level, it is one of the highest observation points in the world. Visitors are required to wear anti-slip shoe covers to minimise the chance of accidents.
4. Path to Gaztelugatxe, Spain.

Travelling on the island Gaztelugatxe, Spain, it will give you
the full view of the Basque Country beauty.
The path is linked with the mainland by a man-made bridge.
On top of the hill is a hermitage that dates back to the 10th Century.
It is best to visit the island in the months of Spring and Autumn.
 In summers, it will be too crowded to traverse through the path.

5. Skellig Michael Path, Irland.

There are miles of geological wonders and green pasture
 on Kellig Michael Island, in the County of Kerry, Irland.
A Christian Monastery was founded on this island between  the 6th
 and 8th Century. It had since been abandoned after the late 12th Century. 
The remains of the Monastery and the most of the island had  been declared as
an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.
6. Donkey Path, Santorini, Greece.
Millions of tourists visited the island of Santorini, Greece every year
 to enjoy the ocean scenery and the laid-back Greek lifestyle.
In 1715, inhabitants of the island built a rough path on the side of the island's mountain, so that they could ascend to the summit of the mountain. Soon donkeys were enlisted to carry their cargo from the ships at the port to the town at the mountain's summit.
In 1979 a cable car system was installed but the donkeys continued to traverse the path till today. The distance from beginning to end is 1,300 meters.
7. Cliff Path at Blue Mountains, Australia.
The Blue Mountains are located at New South Wales, Australia,
bordering the bustling City of Sydney, at a distance of about 50 Km.
The Cliff Path of the Mountain range called Mid Cliff Walk is carved into the face of the cliff. Here it provides the bird-eye view over the forests, the remote Jamison Valley and the Wentworth Falls.
8. Edenalp Path, Switzerland.
The Northernmost summit of the Appenzell Alps, Edenalp is a popular hiking destination which is also accessible by cable car from the town of Wasserauen.
the site attracts 200,000 visitors every year.
One could walk from the cable car station to the Aescher Mountain Restaurant in 20 minutes, through the mountain path with breath-taking, gorgeous views.
9. Jiankou Great Wall, China.

Jiankou is a section of the famous Great Wall of China, which is
also the most popular among travellers and photographers alike.

Jiankou means "Arrow Nock" in the Chinese language, called this name
because the mountain is shaped like an arrow. The climb could be dangerous because this section has fallen into disrepair, leaving the path filled with jagged
cliffs and steep drop-offs.
While other parts of the Great Wall have been turned into tourist attractions, the Jiankou section has been left largely untouched. It attracts mainly the more adventurous.
10. Cap Carbon Path, Algeria.

An Algerian Cape located in Wilaya de Bejaia, the Cap Carbon Paths
 are only 5km from Bejaia City centre.
The Path is equipped with a lighthouse, built at 220 meters above sea-level,
 making it one of the tallest at Mediterranean.
The trails are surrounded with pine and olive trees, and are inhibited by
 the local monkeys that like to entertain visitors.
11. Dun Chaoin Path, Ialand.
Dun Chaoin lies at the Westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula in south-west Ireland. The town is famous for its scenery and Gaelic Culture. With fantastic views of the Blasket Island, the spot is a popular destination for photographers and nature lovers the like.

In this beautiful shot, you could see sheeps traverse their
 way down one of Dun Chaoin's winding paths.

Many thanks to Ron Lim for sharing.

Alan CY Kok