4 – Parcours des Nymphes
DépartSaint Chély du Tarn
ArrivéeLe cirque des Baumes
BEFORE BOOKING: Contact us by phone +33(0)4 66 48 51 14 or +33(0)06 99 37 37 70 to know if the Tarn is passable at the desired date. At this time of the season it happens that on some courses there is not enough water or that we have a flood and that the water level is too high for rental.
Canoë Kayak from Saint-Chély du Tarn to Cirque des Baumes
To start your journey, our shuttle will take you to the starting point of Saint-Chély-du-Tarn. We advise you to discover this magnificent hamlet impossible to circumvent of the Gorges going back up to the cascade. In front of the water, you pass in front of Pougnadoires, a troglodyte hamlet. After a few strokes of paddles, you will be amazed by the “Château de La Caze” (built in the 15th century) become a sumptuous hotel restaurant.
Continuing on the Tarn, you reach the small hamlet of Hauterives, accessible by boat or on foot. Take time to visit it and why not stop there for a picnic. The place is sumptuous.
Once you leave, you will finally see our Moulin and its specificity: the passage of the dike, which easily crosses the left side, then you pass under our base Moulin de la Malène enjoy to admire the architecture of the mill , You will hear the purring of its small hydroelectric plant (current conversion of the mill). Do not hesitate to give us a little sign to tell us that everything goes well …
In this context, the principle is always to row and not to let go. Otherwise, during your journey, you sail on calm water and clear, sometimes deep, ideal for a few small dives.
You cross the narrowest part of the Gorges du Tarn, the “Défilé des Détroits”. You are evolving for more than 500 meters between impressive rock faces. At the exit of the Straits, you pass in front of the small hamlet of the Croze (not to stop because private property). It is only accessible by the river, to photograph if you wish during your ascent by shuttle, the driver makes a small stop.
The Rock of the Mushroom (“Snoopy” for children) is not to be missed. It is from the rock that we advise you to pass to the right.
The end of the route is indicated by a sign when arriving at the Cirque des Baumes.
Rowing time indicative of 3 hours.
For all courses :
- Rendez-vous at the Moulin de la Malène
- A shuttle will then take you to the starting point of your itinerary
- Lift at the end of the route (boats and passengers)