The nature reserve – 24 km

15 February 2016
5 hrs of paddlingAthletic


24 km descent of the Ardèche

The trip through the Ardèche Gorges nature reserve is the favourite route for athletic paddlers who love nature and breathtaking landscapes.

A day-long canoe trip among exceptional sites, such as the Cirque de la Madeleine, the Balcon des Templiers, or the Rocher de la Cathedrale.

This trip requires 5 hours of paddling (excluding picnic and swimming). To take full advantage of this natural site, we recommend that you set out as early as possible (first departures at 8.30 am).

Consult the “Details” tab for further information about the organisation of your day.

Departure :

The Ardèche Gorges are listed as a protected nature reserve. There is no access from the road. Also, there are no places serving food.

You must be sure to prepare enough water and food for the day. Also, wear long-sleeved clothes and/or suntan cream to protect yourself from the sun because there is very little shade in the Gorges.

The meeting point is at our landing stage. A shuttle service will transport you to the nature reserve, in the hamlet of Châmes, the starting point for the 24 km descent.

We offer five departure times: 8.30 am – 9 am – 9.30 am – 10.00 am – 10.30 am.

You must be at the landing stage 30 minutes before departure in order to prepare yourself, receive all the necessary information about the trip and how you should organise your day, as well as your equipment: watertight containers (26 L or 56 L), life jackets and paddles.

Once you are equipped and have been informed, the shuttle service will take you to the starting point.

Descent :

It takes 5 hours of paddling to complete the 24 km route to Sauze. For your comfort, we recommend that you cover as much distance as possible before your lunch break. The Rocher de la Cathedrale is the perfect place for lunch and a swim.

Arrival and return :

Our shuttle service will wait for your at the landing stage in Sauze from 3 pm to take you back to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc. Once you have disembarked, our drivers will invite you to climb into the buses. These will depart once they are full, therefore, we are unable to indicate exactly how long you will have to wait although we do try to ensure that waiting time is kept to a minimum.

>> See practical advice for canoeing.

La réserve - 24km

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1 to 9 adults 32 36 34
10 to 19 adults 29 33 32
20+ adults 27 31 30
Kids (7 to 15 yo) 20 22 22
Kid 7 to 12 yo (On the third seat) 10 10 10

High season from 10/07/2021 to 22/08/2021


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