There may be only one Grand Central Station, one Grand Ole Opry and one Grand Theft Auto, but the Grand Canyon? There are loads of them.
For hikers looking for eye-popping views rather than physical challenges, the vast canyon at Jebel Shams in Oman is unbeatable. Not only is its Balcony Walk an easy four-hour return trip, but as the path traverses the canyon’s impossibly steep sides, it takes in spectacular overhangs, an abandoned village and a jaw-dropping oasis. What’s more, hikers have it all to themselves. Well, almost.
What the Balcony Walk (officially part of the W6 hiking route) has is emptiness, with only occasional sightings of both hikers (I saw six all day) and swooping spotted eagles. Oh, and goats. Read more…