Ardeche to Ile de Re - any recommendations?

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  1. magicsurfbus

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    We're planning to tour between the Ardeche and the Ile de Re over a period of about 8 days fairly soon - we know the La Rochelle and Ile de Re bit very well, and have been in the Dordogne area recently, but would be interested in any recommendations (especially aires) for the roughly rectangular area bounded by Lyons, Orange, Toulouse, and Limoges, and we're particularly into historic and prehistoric sites with good MH or easy bike access.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    The Gouffre de Padirac - WELL worth a visit.

    Incroyable ! as they say ........
     
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    Hi Magicsurfbus,
    If you are into canoeing or fancy a small challenge there's a municipal campsite which we stayed at , at Vallon pont d'arc, with a canoe hire company right outside , where you canoe down the ardeche river for half a day and under the arc rock, then they pick you up and bring you back to c/s, or you can canoe all day then again they pick you up ( but that is some distant to canoe). I only did the half day great experience !! care they don't tell you about 2 small lots of white water and 1 quite rough, I took the wrong passage on that one and ended up getting a dunking, but still here to tell the tale.
    campsite is about 800 yards from main town , lovely town / village.

    THE CAMPSITE Chauvieux - 40, chemin de la Plage - SALAVAS - 07150 Vallon Pont d'Arc. Phone & Fax: + 33 (0) 4 75 88 05 37 - [​IMG]
    http://translate.google.co.uk/trans.../www.camping-le-chauvieux.com/en/index.php&pr

    :sin: Terry:sin:
     
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    The Gorge d'Ardeche is striking, I cycled it a couple of years ago. It was the end of the summer so the water levels were quite low.
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    The famous arch would be impressive to canoodle through.
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    On a similar vein, but a shade outside your target area the Gorge d'Verdon is similar. Canoes and boats can be hired from places at the Lac de Sainte Croix.

    The Verdon as it flow into the lake.

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    The gorge itself, not for those with no head for heights - like me, especially on a push bike!

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    Just back in from doing all of the above places and more, and can heartily recommend them, especially in the Spring before the crowds turn up. Will report back at more length in a new thread (including aire details) when time allows, but I just wanted to say thanks to those of you who took the trouble to reply - most helpful.
     
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    Hi, glad you had good time and a safe trip , can't wait to read your update.
    :sin: Terry:sin:
     
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    Me too!:thumb:
     
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    Hi, If Oradour sur Glane ( not sure on spelling) is near your route its a must. It lies North East of Limoge heading towards Belac. Its a martyred village which has been preserved just as it was left after the massacre by the Germans in June 1944. :thumb:
     
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