Last week I shared on Country Kids our wonderful family holiday in France. I held back the highlight of the week which was kayaking down the river Le Gardon. We kept the excitement till near the end of our stay having fond memories of doing the same last year. There is always the fear returning to a much loved activity that the magic will not be there. I needn’t have worried, this was a trip which didn’t disappoint.
It is only a short drive from our cousins house to the start point where we catch a bus to the kayaks. In no time we are fitted with lifejackets and pairing up in groups of two and three for the boats while I admired the brightly coloured cafe seating and stunning scenery around us.
Our journey was both beautiful and fun filled as each kayak raced each other and laughed when anyone became grounded or threatened to capsize on the rapids. While we have been enjoying a drier and warmer than average summer in the UK, France have had a wetter and cooler summer leaving the river fuller and faster flowing than previously and steering the boats where we wanted them took quite an effort, though I think a little friendly boat pushing added to the fun.
We had managed no more than 15 minutes before the leading kayak selected a deserted pebble bank for lunch. thankfully with hungry teenagers the boats are fitted with giant barrels to hold our picnic and valuables so we were well prepared and everyone tucked in.
Back on the water for more fun and games until we spotted the same giant rock the children had jumped off last year. Our dare devil group were not going to let this one pass and swam over to check their skills were still up to the mark!
Further on and under the stunning Pont du Gard for a swim stop and yes, more rock jumping, this time from the footings of the famous bridge. It is one long paddle for the finish line from here with each team claiming victory and “team adults” accepting the losing position!
This was a day that has retained all it’s magic and if we are lucky enough to return to the region again I know it will be top of the wish list once more. Needless to say the journey back to Cornwall consisted of much planning for a return trip and questions from the kids as to whether they could try kayak’s on the river Camel from Coombe Mill to Padstow!
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