I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published July 15th 2019
A stunning walk the whole family can enjoy
When friends come to visit us in Bali I have a set itinerary that I always take them to see which covers the main highlights. But my most recent friend is very active so I needed something different. A walk that would suit both of us – me slightly fit and my friend a keen walker who has hiked many places around the world. And this is where the Campuhan Ridge Walk came into play.
Getting to it is so simple, you can actually just search for the walk on google maps as it's very well known. Or from Monkey Forest, where you can park, walk up Jalan Monkey Forest to Jalan Raya Ubud and turn left. As you head down the hill look on the right and you'll see the signs for Warwick Ibah Villas and Spa. As you start to walk in, there's a lower level sign that mentions 'Going to the hill' and points left. Follow this making your way further down. We found that the security staff were very much used to the walkers and runners and helped direct people.
As you start the walk you go over a little bridge to the Pura Gunung Lebah Temple. This temple's small but very beautiful and well work a look. After that, the walk's simple with signs pointing you in the right direction the whole way.
The path's well maintained and the views are stunning. We decided to go early in the morning to avoid the heat and were so glad that we did. Around 6.30am. There really wasn't much shade at all, so if you're not a morning person perhaps leave it until the cooler afternoon.
It's only a short walk and I think we did it in under 1.5 hours. At the turn around point is the Karsa Kafe, so if you want to stop for a bite to eat add on a little more time. And I have to say a stop is well worth it as the setting for the café is breath-taking, and the place itself is picturesque.
It has a good menu, catering to most dietary choices and meals were around 50,000 IDR. So, when you add a drink and tax I would say you'd need around 120,000 IDR per person. And don't forget to take water as there weren't any places on the way to buy anything. I'd also say a camera is a must. Apart from the views, there are also some interesting features on the way like crafted or colourful doorways.
One other note, we decided to walk past the café, instead of turning around, to see if there was more. However, found there was little of interest after this point. It's also worth adding that the path is really well maintained so you don't need special shoes, just something comfy.
My only regret was that we didn't take my toddler, as they didn't wake in time. I really feel it was at a level that everyone could enjoy. Even if small people needed carrying it wouldn't be too taxing on the adult.
I know there are loads to great walks in and around Ubud that probably go further, deeper and more off the beaten track. This one just feels special as it's so simple and scenic. You really won't believe you're just a short walk from the town.
I hope this helps you enjoy your day – post a comment if you have any questions.