Canoeing Down France's Ardèche Gorge

An activity break white-water canoeing - May 2003

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The Ardèche River twists and turns through a sensational limestone gorge as it meanders between the towns of Vallon Pont d'Arc and St Martin d'Ardèche in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southwest France. The trip through the gorge, by canoe, involves negotiating over a dozen exciting white-water rapids, as well as paddling through the fantastic rock arch, Pont d'Arc.

View of the Ardèche Gorge from above

On the river

On the river

Pont d'Arc

Impressive cliffs above Chataignerie

Tupine Rapid

Cooling off

The spire of Cathedral Rock

Madelaine Rapid (and rock)

Madelaine Rapid (and rock)

Undercut cliffs

Easy water

Windy Corner

Last lap

Saint Martin