Travel to magnificent reserve Gorges de Ardèche
Travel to magnificent nature reserve Gorges de l’Ardèche
I came to travel into the wild landscape of the Gorges de l’Ardèche, in France. Gorges Ardeche is a nature reserve that covers 1,575 hectares. They are located south of the Ardèche department and stretch on the Ardèche river about thirty kilometers from the famous Pont d’Arc in Vallon-Pont-d’Arc and Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche.
One of the most popular activity is to go down the gorges by canoe or kayak. The descents of Vallon-Pont-d’Arc in Saint-Martin-d’Ardèche are spread over one or two days.
Landlords offer a glide path with different gorges to go down with canoe and a time estimate. Two places of mild and temporary camps are allowed in the gorge. These are the bivouac Gaud and Gournier.
Obviously, during one day, I went down the Ardeche with kayak. It was at the beginning of June, so I could enjoy the peaceful beauty of the magnificent landscape. Because during the summer vacation periods, there are many traffic jam, on water and on the roads. I filmed a part of the descent of the Ardeche kayak with a GoPro: Kayaking in Ardeche
The Gorges de l’Ardeche are a treasure, a hidden secret and is regarded, rightly, as the Grand Canyon of Europe.
The caving enthusiasts can find their happiness in Ardèche. In its many caves millennia, a fragile and sensitive environment is revealed. The listed site of Pont d’Arc and Aven d’Orgnac caves are the only evidence of human presence in Ardèche for over 35,000 years !
The Pont d’arc
The arch of the Pont d’Arc is by many regarded as the natural gateway to the gorges of the Ardeche. The Pont d’Arc is a large, naturally formed bridge of rock that arches over the expansive Ardèche River. The arch reaches 34 meters above the water level and spans a breadth of 60 meters.
Geological real gem, the entire site was classified “Grand Site de France” in 1982.
The Pont d’Arc lies 15 kilometers north of Aven d’Orgnac. Leaving Orgnac l’Aven, follow the D317, which later becomes the D176 west. In Barjac, turn north and cross the Ardèche River. On the far side of the bridge, turn right and follow the sign “Route Touristique des Gorges de l’Ardèche.” The road (D290) follows the course of the river.