Well if you visit the Gorges du Tarn you better spend a day floating down it. Rather than cycling back to the start, this time I took the easy way out and used the bus. Allowed a brief period to enjoy the views at La Malene
We’ve done the down stream stretch from La Malene many times so this time we gave the upstream section a go from St Enemie, itself a very fine medieval village where we had lunch a few days before
This stretch wasn’t as dramatic as the previous trips but it was a good deal quieter.
An early stop for lunch was what was needed – it takes a while to drop off, drive to the far end and bus back
It was warm and sunny but a little breezy, more than enough to deter the rather fickle Funsters from taking a dip. Water this cool and clear has to swum in my opinion so I had to take the waters alone
I let the Funsters loose in the kayak without my guidance and they went round in circles for a few minutes before I took over control and ensured we continued our journey in the right direction
A fine way to spend a sunny day, floating down a dramatic tree lined gorge, watching the world drift by
One of the highlights is the village of St Chely du Tarn, perched on cliffs above the river with its own Tufa-lined waterfall
Predictably I threatened to take the boat under the falls for a refreshing shower but thought better of it
The Cirque de Pougnadoires is the drama highlight of this stretch but less so than Les Detroits and Cirque des Baumes on the lower stretch. Not too shabby though
You have make time for plenty of stops to swim and soak up the sunshine. The Funsters are much better at that!
The Chateau La Caze stands guard over the final long stretch back to La Malene
A brief bit of fun trying to negotiate a very stony weir and a final swim at La Malene ended a superb day messing about in a boat