To decouvrir kayking
This is a perfect descent for begginers. The rough landscapes are impressive but the descent is easy. It pass through the Cirque de Gens and the Ruoms defile: both are the wonderful examples of the majestic cliffs of Ardeche. There some small beaches everythere so you can choose a nice place to swim and to picnic. And in the end of the course you pass a kayak slide in Ruoms: a real fun for children and teenagers.
Distance: 6 Km
Time to paddle: about 1h30.
Recommended time: 2h30-3h.
Departure time: everyday from 8am to 4pm.
Difficulty : easy, one rapid.
Period: June, 15 - Septembre, 15 (because of a water level).
Points of interest
Short and easy descent.
There is no important rapids.
Passage by Cirque de Gens and Ruoms Defile.
Your car stays at the finish point, it lets you to arrive when you want (before 7pm).
Each participant must know how to swim; each participant must wear a lifejackets at all times.
Children ( under 18 y.o.) can not participate alone, they must be accompanied by an responsible adult.
Prohibition of rental with childen under 7 y.o.
Warning : Canoe Kayak rent is prohibited if the water level is too high.
In case of prohibition of rent due to a water lever too iportant, you will be (accroding to your choice) either refunded or postponed to a date that suits you..
This is a perfect descent for beginners. And even if it's quite short and easy, you are not going to be upset by the landscapes.
The time of you return is not fixed, your car will be parked near the finish, so you can make your descent in your rythme.
Take shoes that are good for you feet and protect them, such as sneakers or water shoes (no flip-flops).
Wear an adequate and adapted to the weather clothers: cap, windbreaker, T-short, long shorts that effectiverly protects the thighs from sunburn.
Provide sufficient quantity of drinking water.
During this short descent you pass by two majestic natural sites. The first one is the Cirque de Gens where Ardeche pass through an area almost surrounded by impressive cliffs. And than you cross the Ruoms defile: a canyon which is much smaller than the Ardeche Canyon but very nice (and much easier for a kayker!). In the end of the course you are going to pass by a kayak slide. This is a kind of a beton gutter which lets a kayak to get over a dam. There are few on Ardeche river and that's not a worst distraction in the world.