Canoe escape

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Hiking canoe: varied and superb, this descent is perfect for getting away from it all

A 13 km course with sporting passages and a quieter 2nd part to let yourself be transported along the water.

The Hérault River structures the valley. To the north are the gorges, which offer a steep, rocky landscape. To the south, the river meanders through the alluvial plain. The gorges of the Hérault are particularly suitable for canoeing and kayaking.

You will plunge into the heart of a magnificent environment: lush nature, limestone rocks and a crystal clear river blend together to welcome a variety of fauna and flora. This canoe trip invites you to discover the Hérault valley along the water. You will be seduced by this preserved and wild nature.

This complete 13-kilometre itinerary combines sporty passages with quieter sections. Get away from it all during this adventure activity. With your family or friends, come and admire the magnificent landscapes and enjoy the coolness of the river. This descent is done in autonomy, without supervision. Be free and organise your time as you wish.

Plan a day full of twists and turns and book this escape route which will take you from Laroque to the bridge at Saint-Étienne d’Issensac.

As you walk along, you will be transported by the beauty of the cliffs that surround you and the natural greenery of the Hérault gorges.
Don’t hesitate any longer, opt for a canoe-kayak rental and paddle the river!

Practical information

  •  Level : Intensity
  •  Shuttle : 3km, 6 min from Ganges
  •  way back to cars : shuttle
  •  Duration : 4h45
  •  Distance : 13km

The strengths of Canoe escape

  • full route = adrenalin + discovery
  • landscape diversity
  • swimming skills required

Description of Canoe escape

The advantages of this canoeing activity are numerous. This adventure itinerary offers a complete descent that combines the adrenaline and discovery courses.
You can enjoy a slightly technical sports section and finish with a calmer passage. This second part will allow you to glide through the currents.

The 13-kilometre route offers a varied descent. It is suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced. You can even organise this canoeing activity with children aged 12 and over. Everyone can enjoy the experience at their own pace and experience new sensations.

Go for an adventure on the Hérault gorges and share a great moment of conviviality with your family. The other advantage of this route? The possibility of making numerous stops to swim; alternate between downhill and sunny breaks.
It is essential to know how to swim to book this trip; canoeing is easy on the mind!

The Hérault valley transports you into a magical and mysterious world. Take the time to admire the panoramas between the river and the cliffs, which will leave you dreaming. The Cévennes are waiting for you to experience an unforgettable canoeing trip!


Schedule of the day

The Escape Course offers 2 itineraries in 1: a sporty part (sport course) and a more relaxing part (family course).

You will start from Laroque with the descent of the slide, you will pass small rapids and you will go on with the discovery of the big S, which is the most impressive moment of the activity. You will finish with the small S to finish at the stake.

The second part of the course starts in Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois and ends after the bridge in Saint-Etienne d’Issensac. This section will let you enjoy the peace and quiet of the area. The descent will allow you to stop, swim, picnic, sunbathe and rest all along the river.

The instructors of the Hérault valley provide all the technical equipment: helmets, paddles, boats, life jackets and waterproof containers. Remember to wear a swimsuit and closed shoes adapted to the activity. We also advise you to prepare a meal if you wish to take a lunch break. Don’t forget to carry water. The summer can be very hot in Occitanie, so staying hydrated is essential.

Once you have completed the escape route, a shuttle bus will be waiting to take you back to the vehicles. The duration of this canoe or kayak trip is 4 hours, a great day out!


  • Individual: 23 €
  • Groups: 23 €
  • Schools: 28 €
  •  Included:
    • Technical equipement : helmet, paddles, safety vest, waterproof box
    • Shuttle back
  •  Equipment to bring:
    • Sport shoes
    • Transport
    • Meal

Driving directions

From Ganges, take the direction of Saint Bauzille de Putois, then turn right towards Brissac at the last roundabout before leaving the village. Before the bridge, turn left and park in the car park where the “Canoë le Moulin – Pont suspendu” base is located.

From Anduze, go to Durfort, Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, Montoulieu and Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois, then left towards Montpellier, then right towards Brissac at the last roundabout before leaving the village. Before the bridge, turn left and park in the car park where the “Canoë le Moulin – Pont suspendu” base is located.

From Montpellier, follow Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Saint-Martin-de-Londres, Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois. As you enter the village, turn left at the first roundabout towards Brissac. Before the bridge, turn left and park in the car park where the “Canoë le Moulin – Pont suspendu” base is located.


What to do around

The Cévennes Park has many natural and cultural sites that cannot be ignored. About thirty kilometres from Ganges, lovers of wide-open spaces can explore the impressive Cirque de Navacelles, an amazing geological formation. Organise magnificent hikes and admire the breathtaking views of the Hérault valley.

Stop off at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a medieval village listed as one of the most beautiful in France. Contemplate the Gellone Abbey, a true jewel of Romanesque art in the Languedoc, which will tell you all about the history of the town.

Continue to the east to Nîmes, located in the Gard department, a Roman city like no other. Cultural heritage enthusiasts will be delighted to visit the arena, the Maison Carrée or the Magne tower.

On the way to the Mediterranean Sea, stop off in Montpellier, a large, lively, and pleasant city. You will appreciate the festive atmosphere and the variety of activities. Walk through the narrow streets of the city centre, find charming shops selling local craftsmen and designers, and have a coffee in the lively and welcoming Place de la Comédie.

A few kilometres from Montpellier, continue your journey to the seaside resorts of the coast. Relax in Palavas-les-Flots, Agde, Sète or Le Grau-du-Roi and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the South. You will be seduced by the quality of life and the summer atmosphere where life is good.

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