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Līču – Laņģu Cliffs Nature

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Around 1 km long rocky cliff on the left side of the primeval valley wall of the River Gauja, which cannot be seen from the river. Its maximum height is ~30 m. The forms of sandstone outcroppings (Gauja suite) are very diverse: pre-dominated by more than 10 m high vertical walls divided by deep lateral vravines. Around 20 springs are flowing out of the feet of Līču– Laņģu Cliffs, due to which caves of various length and hollows of various sizes have been shaped. Lielā Laņģu Cave, which is located on the southern part of cliffs, is the longest (48 m), and a powerful spring flows out of it. 50 m to the north of that cave is the Vidējā Laņģu Cave (total length 30 m), while another 50 m northward — Mazā Laņģu Cave (4.2 m). In the northern side of Līču–Laņģu Cliffs, there is a larger cave formed by a spring; and after the ceiling fell down, it turned into an extraordinary ravine with 8 m high, steep walls. On the side of the ravine, there is an interesting cave with three passages. Not far from here is the 7 m long Augšala Cave and the very narrow, 12 m long Apakšala Cave. Although the feet of the cliffs is not facilitated and is rather hard to access, the Līču–Laņģu Cliffs are quite popular among tourists.

Pay attention! In the brooks coming from springs near cave portals and sandstone outcrops, brown mucus — the iron bacteria — are seen. At the feet of the cliffs — large decayed trees and deadwood, which are home to various species of beetles, door snails. Traces by woodpeckers on the trees are also visible. On the outcrops — colonies of single bees, various species of moss (Tortula lingulata moss, great-scented liverwort, etc.) and lichen (crustose lichen, velvet lichen, peltigeras, etc.), polypores, fragile fern, nests of wrens. The area is a good place for wild mushroom picking.

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