Image: Peter Morgan
Probably nothing inspires quite like the view from the top a cliff because the often long and steep hike is forgotten as soon as we glimpse the world from atop where we rest, birdlike, drinking in the scenery and ready to spread our wings. Join us on a tour of some of the most incredible cliffs around the world.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, a cliff is “a very steep, vertical, or overhanging face of rock, earth, or ice.” The term comes from the Middle English word “clif”, which is derived from the Old High German “klep” and the Old Norse “klif”. The latter is interesting because to this day, some of the most spectacular cliffs have names inspired by Norse mythology.
The Cliffs of Moher, on the Atlantic coast of County Clare in Ireland, looking north from Hag’s Head towards O’Brien’s tower.
Though there are many more breathtaking cliffs worldwide, we have tried to zero in on either the ones with the most beautiful views or that have some other highest, tallest or steepest attribute.
Image: Michael Rowe
Cliffs in Europe
1. The White Cliffs of Dover
Along the coast of England can be found a range of stunning white cliffs that owe their striking white colour to a composition of chalk, interrupted only by streaks of black flint. The chalk consists of the remains of shells from millions of microscopic creatures which lived on the seabed over 70 million years ago. So the next time you walk or cycle one of the cliffs’ paths, you are truly treading on fossils!