Canyon the valmale

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Canyon the Valmale : an unforgettable descent into the heart of the Cévennes

Descend the Valmale canyon, a sporting activity in a wild landscape

The Valmale canyon is a real gem of the Cévennes valleys. Located under the village of Saint-Germain-de-Calberte, it is located in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Cévennes National Park.
This route will give you a change of scenery and will transport you to the heart of a unique environment. Walk through the schist gorges sculpted by water and time and admire the lush nature. Along the meanders, you will observe numerous vestiges of the Middle Ages; a time when men occupied this area.
Today, the flora and fauna have reclaimed the area. In this remote corner of the Lozère, you can recharge your batteries and savour the present moment. This canyon is accessible to all; beginners and children are welcome. The descent is made up of aquatic hikes, swimming, slides, abseiling and numerous jumps. However, it is possible to bypass the obstacles if you are not a thrill seeker. 
The Valmale canyon will show you an exceptional natural heritage; keep your eyes open so you don’t miss the show. Our team of experienced instructors will accompany you throughout the activity and give you valuable advice on how to practise canyoning.

Practical information

  •  Level : Discovery
  •  Shuttle : 1h18 from Ganges (63,6km) via D983, 50mns from Anduze
  • Approach : 20 mns
  •  way back to cars : 10mins walking in the woods
  •  Duration : 5 hours
  •  Distance : 800m
  •  Altitude change: -100m

The strengths of Canyon The Valmale

  • Ideal site for initiation : sunny, wild and fun
  • Swimming passages, slides, numerous jumps (none required)
  • Introductory canyon for families or beginners
  • Group price from 6 people (group already made up)

Description of Canyon The Valmale

You will be charmed by the wild dimension of the Valmale gorges. This little frequented site will allow you to enjoy your activity in complete privacy; reconnect with nature and share a quality moment with your loved ones. The descent is quite technical with many vertical passages including two superb abseils of 55 metres.
The Bureau des Moniteurs offers a group rate of 6 people; put together your team of adventurers and organise a remarkable day in the Cévennes.
This descent will allow you to alternate between calm and dynamic sections. Stroll through the gorges thanks to the gentle water ride; you will appreciate the clearness of the river. The more adventurous ones will be able to take on a series of obstacles to get the adrenaline up. It will also be possible to go around them and go down in complete serenity.
You will be seduced by the beauty of the site; water, rock and vegetation intermingle to create a soothing atmosphere. Our state-qualified instructors, specialists in the region, will share their passion for this outdoor activity with you and show you some superb panoramas.
Let us guide you and leave with unforgettable memories!

Schedule of the day

The canyoning activity in the Valmale gorges requires a 45 minute walk upwards through the undergrowth to reach the starting point for the descent. The participants will have to equip themselves with the equipment provided by the instructors: helmets, harnesses, wetsuits and neoprene socks, waterproof bags and canisters, ropes, descenders and carabiners.
The route lasts 5 hours; be prepared to experience unique sensations. You will undertake aquatic walks, jumps, abseils and slides. A very busy programme!
With your family or friends, you will spend a privileged moment in the heart of an enchanted natural setting.
What is the right outfit for a canyoning trip? Simply wear a swimming costume and closed shoes suitable for the activity. We also advise you to bring a backpack with water, a meal and a towel. There will be a food break in the middle of the route, an opportunity to chat and rest before setting off again.
Once the route is completed, a 15-minute walk downhill through the undergrowth will be undertaken to return to the vehicles. Our instructors will stay with you until the end of the day and will collect the equipment as soon as the activity is completed.


  • Individual : 50 €
  • Groups : 45 €
  • Schools : 40 €
  • Equipement to bring :
    • Shoes suitable for the activity 
    • Transport
    • Meal

Driving directions

From Ganges or Anduze, take the direction of St Jean du Gard.
From there follow the road to St Etienne Vallée française, then to Saint Germain de Calberte by the D984.
The meeting point is located at the car park of the Tourism Office of St Germain de Calberte

What to do around

The Valmale canyon welcomes you in Lozère and its central geographical location will allow you to go up and down the Cevennes region easily.
Go off to discover the typical towns and villages of the Cévennes. Twenty kilometres away, you can reach Saint-Jean-du-Gard, a town of character that stretches along the Gardon river. This authentic village combines preserved natural landscapes and cultural heritage.
Hiking enthusiasts can explore the Cévennes and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and Mount Aigoual.
Just a 15-minute drive from Saint-Jean-du-Gard, visit Anduze; a small town with a picturesque charm. Stroll through the narrow streets and pass by the Horloge Tower, a former watchtower during the Hundred Years War. Do some shopping and taste the excellent local produce in the Place Couverte; the centre of the
traditional Thursday morning market. In the Rue Droite, you can find pretty shops, local craftsmen and numerous businesses. Take a break in the Parc des Cordeliers and get a breath of fresh air. You will love this quiet spot with its bamboo, cedar and magnificent magnolia trees. From the terrace, enjoy the view
of the castle of Tornac.
A little further south, you will reach the city of Nîmes, a Roman city par excellence. History fans will be able to recount the past of the Roman Empire through its monuments; the arena and the Maison Carrée are still well-preserved witnesses of this.

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