During the summer I enjoyed a blue sky day out for a walk at Seven Ladders Canyon in Brasov County. This is a popular walking spot for individuals and groups and is very picturesque and easily accessible.
7 Ladders Canyon
The Seven Ladders Canyon or Canionul Șapte Scări, is a mountainous canyon carved by the Șapte Scări Brook. It is located south of Dâmbul Morii village in Brasov County in Romania. Seven Ladders is one of the main tourist attractions from the Piatra Mare massif. The Piatra Mare Mountains are located at the southern end of the grand arc of the Eastern Carpathians and not far from the neighbouring Postăvarul Massif, a peak on my to climb list.
The canyon has been carved by mother nature from Jurassic limestone and is composed by seven waterfalls. The biggest of the 7 waterfalls is 35 metres in height, there is a metal walk way with ladders through the 7 waterfalls to enable walkers to experience them all if you opt to get a ticket to pass through the canyon area.
To get the the canyon there is a walk up hill/mountain on clearly marked and well trodden paths through some beautiful woodland and mountain scenery. Many visitors enjoyed this area for eating alfresco with a nice picnic or a drink in the wild.
I found the walk to the canyon very enjoyable with some challenging parts. On the way up you followed the course of the brook which was also home to some zip wires for the adventurous to come down the quick way. I was disappointed that the weight limit for these was quite low and and zero chance of enjoying these but people seemed to be enjoying.
At the paid area there was quite the queue to climb the first ladder and enter the canyon. The 7 waterfalls had walkways made of metal to navigate you through the gorge, this included climbing some high metal ladders on the way and was a good workout while enjoying the water features. Navigating the main attraction took about an hour until you arrived at the top ready to walk down some slopes back to the picnic area.
I thoroughly enjoyed the walk in the area but secretly wished I had visited on a quieter time, it was quite busy at the weekend. Note to self and check google maps to visit at a less popular time, maybe in early spring or not during the school holidays or weekends. Overall a great place for an easier walk in the mountains for inexperienced walkers.
To get a feel for the place there are many videos on YouTube of visits to Canionul Șapte Scări, many highlighting the terrain and beautiful scenery.