Canoe family route

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Canoeing with the family: peaceful course along the water

Peaceful and wild descent of the Hérault gorges.

The Hérault river welcomes you to discover the aquatic charms of the Cévennes. Opt for a peaceful descent along the water and let yourself be carried away by the river’s currents during a canoe or kayak trip.

This easy family trip in the heart of a wild and preserved environment promises you a lively day full of surprises. Set off on an adventure on your boats and admire all the wealth of the natural heritage of the upper Hérault valley.

Without any difficulty or technical passages, this itinerary can be done on your own. Enjoy an outdoor activity with your family. Children will love this refreshing getaway. You can take several swimming breaks. There are many beaches on this part of the river. Don’t hesitate to stop and enjoy a moment of sunny relaxation on the banks of the Hérault.

From Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois to Saint-Étienne d’Issensac, this family canoeing trip guarantees you a moment of joy and sharing in a unique and green environment.
Between the departments of Gard and Hérault, this quiet and pleasant walk will make you discover magnificent sites. An unforgettable family descent!

Contact the Bureau des Moniteurs and book your canoe hire.


Practical information

  •  Level : Discovery
  •  Shuttle : 8km, 12 min from Ganges
  •  way back to cars : Shuttle
  •  Duration : 2h30
  •  Distance : 7km

The strengths of Canoe family route

  • easy course, for all levels, in a wild landscape
  • a lot of beaches in order to rest and to take a swim
  • swimming skills required

Description of Canoe family route

This family canoeing trip is easy and suitable for everyone. If you are a beginner or if you decide to organise this trip with children, you will be able to embark with a light mind and fully enjoy the activity without fear of a possible difficult passage.
If you are already a canoeing enthusiast, you can guide your team or give some good navigation tips.

The privileged setting is also an asset of this descent. The lush nature blends harmoniously with the rock and the crystal clear river.

Travel through the Hérault valley and admire the beauty of the landscape from a different angle. Children and even adults enjoy the many swimming spots. This alternative adds a touch of freedom to the outing. Stroll along the water and take breaks whenever you want. Tempting, isn’t it? Take the time to rest and enjoy the freshness and clarity of the river. The little ones can have fun and play in the water while the older ones can enjoy a moment of calm.

Experience new sensations and book a canoe or kayak trip with the children on the Hérault gorges!


Schedule of the day

The bureau des guides’s shuttle will take you to the starting point of the activity. Once there, you will board the suspension bridge at Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois and begin your journey. This canoeing trip is perfect for relaxing with family and friends and ensures a quiet descent in the middle of nature. Few people go to the swimming spots, as access by car is difficult. You can enjoy these areas in an intimate and uncrowded atmosphere.

The bureau des guides provides all the technical equipment necessary for the activity: boats, paddles, helmets, life jackets and waterproof containers. Participants must wear a swimsuits and closed shoes. You should also pack a lunch if you wish to have a picnic.

The route will end at Ambougette, after the bridge at Saint-Étienne d’Issensac. The return shuttle will be waiting to take you back to your vehicles. This itinerary is accessible from the age of 6. Children must be able to swim at least 25 metres and be able to immerse themselves. The descent lasts a total of 2 and a half hours.

Be prepared for a memorable experience in the heart of magical landscapes. You will be transported out of time. Take a break and connect with nature!


  • Individual: 19 €
  • Groups: 19 €
  • Schools: 25 €
  •  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 Hérault valley is full of natural sites that cannot be ignored, such as the Cirque de Navacelles, only 40 kilometres from Saint-Bauzille-de-Putois. This geological wonder will bring you into a world of exoticism and promise you wonderful hikes.

The Cévennes are also famous for their typical villages and local traditions: discover Ganges, Sumène or Notre-Dame-de-Londres. Further south continue your journey to Saint-Martin-de-Londres, a well-preserved and picturesque medieval town.

A stopover in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a must. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this township recalls the rich past of the region. The Gellone Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a majestic witness to the Romanesque art of the Languedoc. Walk through the narrow streets, pass by the Saint-Laurent church, do some shopping at the local shops and craftsmen, and taste the excellent local products.

Fancy a city break? Join Montpellier and enjoy the variety of activities: cultural visits, shopping, festive nightlife, etc. Montpellier will satisfy all your desires!

Finally, allow yourself a moment of relaxation and go to the Mediterranean beaches. Nearby Montpellier, go to the seaside resorts of Carnon, Sète, Palavas-les-Flots or Agde and enjoy the mildness of the Occitan sun.

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