Road Trip – Tarn Gorge Kayak Trip   11 comments

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The highlight of any stay in the Tarn Gorge is a trip down the river in a kayak. Many stretches are not easily accessible from the road, especially the narrowest section so a kayak is the best way to see it as well as being a huge amount of fun.

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Unlike the Dordogne the Tarn is shallower and much faster flowing with several small rapids. Nothing difficult but it does add to the excitement

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This time we let the kids loose in their own one person kayaks and it was a huge success. Most kids do some form of kayaking on school trips and they were all totally competent in navigating the river

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They took the mick out of some the adults less than impressive skills but again all in good spirit and many laughs ensued

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It was a stunning sunny day and the views in the gorge were sensational

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Our friend J clearly having a great time – shame about that hat!

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After navigating the weir, rapids and bridge through La Malene it was time for a stop and a swim. We found one of the best swimming spots of the whole holiday. A deep and large pool with rocks for jumping

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Its only really accessible by kayak and we made the most of it

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The DBs show off their jumping prowess

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As does C albeit from a lower perch

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Others just enjoyed a swim in cold clear waters. A splendid spot

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Time to move on and more paddling fun

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The kids decided they were skilled enough to actually stand up in the kayaks. Here is TJF, the DBs and C.

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I also showed them how to raft up and encouraged them to them walk along the line of kayaks without falling in

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While others watched on and avoided such childish antics

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Into the narrows or Les Detroits to give them their proper name

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An amazing section where the walls of the gorge narrow in to around 100 feet

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We found a beach to pull over and spent another happy half hour exploring and swimming

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The kids found a rock in the deeper water that provided a good deal of entertainment

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How many people can you get on one small rock in a fast flowing river

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We stopped off for lunch at the campsite (one of the advantages of the route) before paddling a short way past to the finish

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Over all too soon and I think most of us would have happily carried on further if we could have (the gorge is blocked by a chaos of boulders a mile or so further on)

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We stopped for another bout of swimming and play before heading back to the campsite

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Another grand day out and highlight of what was becoming a classic holiday

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These river kayak trips are a real feature of any holiday in this part of France and I was glad to be able to share this with our friends and see them enjoying it as much as I’ve done in the past

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11 responses to “Road Trip – Tarn Gorge Kayak Trip

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  1. What fun! The best way to explore a river.

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  2. Wow, wow and double wow! What a fantastic day of kayaking, swimming and fun, on a perfect day in a perfect setting. Fab pics!

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  3. That water looks crystal clear! Putting it on my to-do list:-)

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  4. Brilliant photos of a cracking day. A splendid time was had by all!

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  5. Great post. I’ve noticed the feel good factor(serotonin levels) go through the roof with kayaking or cycling- self propulsion in the open air, as opposed to driving or on a bus, just seems to promote instant happiness somehow. Magnificent gorge and river shots.

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    • That’s a great point around making your own way. The car gives us the chance to reach places like this but you can only truly experience them under your own steam – mind you in the summer it needs to be water based – blimey it was hot down there!

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