There’s something rather hypnotizing about natural, rock-hewn arches which have been formed by wind or water erosion over thousands if not millions of years. Somehow, it also seems that the harder they are to reach, the more rewarding the experience can be. This is definitely the case for China’s Moon Hill, which is a striking arch atop a 230m high hill. The climb up, through and on top of the arch can be hard work, but the views, of both the arch and the stunning scenery beyond, are truly spectacular.

France’s Pont d’Arc is arguably one of the most beautiful and easiest to reach, whilst at the Arches National Park in Utah you’ll have more awe-inspiring arches to admire than you could ever dream. Yet one of the most dramatic arches would have to be Chile’s La Portada, which you’ll find just off the western coast of the country, about 18kms north of Antofagasta. The 43m high arch and surrounding dramatic sandstone cliffs are isolated, barren and utterly spellbinding.

Moon Hill, China

Moon Hill, China, one of the Worlds Natural Arches

Pont D’Arc, Gorges de l’Ardeche, France

Pont D'Arc, Gorges de l'Ardeche, FranceFlickr: smithser

La Portada Arch, Chile

La Portada Arch, Chile

Metate Arch, Utah, USA

Metate Arch, UtahFlickr: snowpeak

Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Arch of Cabo San Lucas, MexicoFlickr: familyclan

London Bridge, Port Campbell, Australia

London Bridge, Port Campbell, AustraliaFlickr: inkjetcity

The Green Bridge of Wales, Pembrokeshire, Wales

The Green Bridge of Wales, Pembrokeshire, WalesFlickr: David Evans

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, USA

Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, USAFlickr: sempivirens

Durdle Door Limestone Arch, Dorset, England

Durdle Door Limestone Arch, Dorset, EnglandFlickr: kosalabandara

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, USA

Delicate Arch, one of the most recognizable Natural Arches in the worldDelicate Arch, one of the most recognizable Natural Arches in the world

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