The small touristy town of Ubud in the centre of Bali is surrounded by beautiful nature walks. Most of these are through rice fields or jungles, but the Campuhan Ridge Walk is something very different.
Where is it?
The start of the walk is located on Jalan Raya Ubud next to Warak Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa. It is not very easy to find if you just try to follow google maps as I did. There is a very small sign on the road but you have to look hard to find it.
The start of the walk goes across the Campuhan river and around the edge of a large Balinese Temple. At the back of the temple the path turns right and starts to climb the hill.
Try to do this walk either early in the morning or late in the afternoon as there is very little shade along the 2 Kilometres. The path is paved making it clear where to go. At the end of the ridge is a small village where you can stop at one of the Cafes for a drink before starting the walk back.
The path is lined by grass fields which flow down the steep slopes on both sides. At the bottom of these slopes are deep, narrow valleys containing rivers. Across one of the valleys is Ubud town and the backsides of many properties. In the other direction is a mix of palm trees, grass fields, and jungle. The colour green is very prominent and contrasts well with a bright blue sky.
Some people might find this route a little boring with the continuous stretches of grass and valleys, but if you look a little closer there is a lot to see. On my way out I spotted a man taking a picture of something in the grass. I stopped to look and he showed me a very brightly coloured grasshopper the same size as my hand.
After this I stopped photographing the landscape and was on the look out for wildlife. I was surprised by how much I found; butterflies, dragonflies, crickets, praying mantis, lizards and another of these wonderful grasshoppers.
Once again I will say make sure you go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Take water, suncream and a hat. Take your time, budget at least 2 hours to complete the walk. Stop regularly and look for the small things as well as taking in the wonderful views on either side.