Hiking Garden Of The Gods in Colorado USA

The Garden of the Gods, a registered National Natural Landmark, is located in Colorado Springs CO and is completely free to visit.  Set at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the main draw of the park is to marvel at the red sandstone rock formations scattered throughout.  There are 17 different formations altogether and many different hiking trails totalling 21 miles.  The Visitor Centre is a good place to start, you can pick up a free map which is helpful as there isn’t a huge amount of signage out on the trails.

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The Llanberis Path Snowdon Hike: Easiest Route Up Snowdon | Wales, UK

Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, with a summit of 3559ft/1085m.  It is the 2nd highest mountain in the ‘Three Peaks Challenge‘, a popular hiking challenge where participants have to climb the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), Wales (Snowdon) and England (Scafell Pike).  Usually the aim of the challenge is to climb all 3 in 24 hours but some people choose to stretch it out to 3 days, climbing one a day.  Now I’m no mountain climber, I didn’t even walk UP Snowdon, only down, and it took me a couple of days to recover, so kudos to the hikers that do all 3 in a short amount of time!

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Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk: Sydney, Australia

One of the highlights of my Brisbane to Sydney road trip, was one of our very last stops in Palm Beach, part of Sydney’s Northern Beaches region.  The town of Palm Beach is located at the very end of a thin peninsula which is part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.  It’s crazy how the land pinches in with 2 beaches back to back before opening up into the Barrenjoey Headland. A must do while in Palm Beach is the Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk to the top of the headland!  Here’s my guide on what to expect!

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