A stroll through Sigulda’s Gauja National Park in Latvia

When I travelled the Baltics I stayed in Latvia’s capital, Riga. From Riga I took a day trip to Sigulda by train and then walked to the national park. I got a bit confused by the ski resort as there is a cable car and I wasn’t sure how to get to the bridge to cross the river. I legged it down the bank and found my way to the bridge but I would advise trying to find a path!

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This is the bridge that goes to the woods to cross the river.

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This is the cable car if you fancy a view from above.

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A sure sign of the beaver gnawing the trees! This incredible animal is most active at dawn and dusk so keep your eyes peeled!

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This quaint wooden bridge crosses the ditch. The pathways are well trodden by visitors but I did not see many people.

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The trees are tall and the light sprinkles through them.

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I came across this toad so it is well worth keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife along the paths.

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You can see there is a bird box for water birds to live in!

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There are thick grasses below the forest canopy.

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There are many signs of people in this contained wilderness. The softness of several of the exposed rock walls have been carved into by various implements over the years.

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There are ruined buildings.

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And tree roots fighting through the etchings looking for water.

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It is impossible to separate human beings from nature, as Gauja National Park shows. Sigulda’s gem and a sanctuary from the city. Take advantage of this accessible wilderness, complete with its beavers, birds, amphibians and neanderthal graffiti.

Never has a national park in Europe been so easy to discover.

 

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