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Dry canyon in the gorges du Tarn

Perched on the slopes of the Causse Sauveterre, the Paillasses or Saint-Marcellin canyon will take you into a succession of progressive abseils, in a breathtaking setting to lead to the old troglodyte village of Saint-Marcellin where you can admire the Gorges du Tarn at almost 400 meters high.

Workable activity for group formed in spring and autumn only.

Reminder: The canyon ends with a high abseil, so it is essential not to be subject to vertigo to register for this activity.

Description Canyoning : Dry canyon in the gorges du Tarn

The meeting point with your instructor will be at the village of Les Vignes ( 30 mns from Sainte-enimie).

From the village of Les Vignes, we leave the gorge to take on the forest tracks of Causse Sauveterre to reach a natural and isolated area called "the end of the world".

From here, after a short walk in a landscape of mixed boxwood, pine and juniper we arrive at the beginning of the canyon where you will be equipped with a harness and a helmet.

You  then listen to the instructor's briefing on the rappelling technique and practice at your own pace before attacking the descent.

Then the route starts with a succession of small easy abseils whose height does not exceed 8 meters. You will be constantly monitored by your instructor with a side rope, so there is no risk of slipping or letting go of the rope.

After training on these first descents, the canyon opens out and a breathtaking panorama awaits you and you can admire the gorges of the Tarn at nearly 400 meters high.

It is not uncommon to see many vultures circling in the thermals. The next stage is little more impressive since you will first have to follow an air handrail and continue with a magnificent descent of 30 meters which ends on a very large terrace at altitude where we will take a break to have a quiet picnic.

Then more adrenaline with the crossing of a very high zip line that ends at the start of the final part of the descent. There is however a way to get around in a few minutes by a parallel path that joins the rest of the course.

Lastly you will reach the finale, the highlight of the show! A 50 meter downhill free abseil in the heart of an exceptional landscape!

Then, after a last crossing without rope, you will leave the canyon to reach the hiking path that joins in a few minutes the troglodyte village of Saint-Marcellin that you can then visit at your own pace.

The site is incredible beauty and the view of the river below and the gorges of the Tarn adds to this idyllic setting an unforgettable vew.

The return will be by a hiking path without difficulty that will take us back in 30 minutes to the starting point where the minibus awaits us.

Roadmap : Dry canyon in the gorges du Tarn

How to get here:

  • From Sainte-énimie - 30 mins drive: Take the D907 bis direction Millau. After 30 mins drive you arrive to the village " Les vignes". The meeting point is next  the bridge, front of the bar " chez Alex".
  • From Le Rozier - 15 mins drive:  Take the D907 bis direction Sainte-énimie. After 15 mins drive you arrive to the village " Les vignes". The meeting point is next the bridge, front of the bar "chez Alex". 

Necessary equipment : Pair of shoe type trainers, picnic, bottle of water.

GPS coordinates: 44.277827, 3.227541

Payment: French cheque or cash, there is no cash dispenser at the venue.

Warning: Please arrive on time, the guide is unable to delay departure for participants who are late.

Localization Canyoning : Dry canyon in the gorges du Tarn

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