Today we headed west of Avignon to visit the Gorges de l’Ardèche. We expected it to quiet at this time of year. What a surprise we had in store. As we drove past the small town of St-Martin-D’Ardèche at the start of the gorge we both commented that there must be something going on in the town. As we started driving the rim road of the gorge there was a lot of cars and vans coming the opposite way and when we got to the first look out we realised what was happening. Within the gorge there were loads of canoes and boats heading down the river to St Martin D’Ardèche. We had caught the end of a boat racing event through the gorge which gave a different perspective.
As we drove the gorge road we realised that the river twisted and turned through the sheer drop gorge with several horseshoe bends. Without stopping at the various look outs you would not have realised that the gorge was there as there was no perspective from the road itself. It took us quite a while to drive the road.
At the end of the gorge at Vallon there was a beautiful limestone arch (Pont d’Arc) where the river had cut its way through the limestone.