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Message posted by Kittiwake on 08/11/2018 at 9:04am
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Route's coming together nicely for 2019. We are going to have a few days in the Ardeche having never been.

I know there's lots of people on here who are incredibly knowledgable about the region and I have done loads of research but looking for any more tips.

We like voie verte style family cycling. I know this isn't Ardeche's strong point and we'll go anyway but just wondering if there are any sites people know of with access to cyclepaths or good lanes at the roadside.

Short list so far in terms of campsites are: Beau Rivage, Coudoulets, Castelets (northern Ardeche) perhaps Domaine de Gil. Discounted L'Ardechois as we'll be coming from a Castels Eurocamp type site (kid's choice) and so want something more our (parents) style.
Coudoulets looks like it's accessible for the cyclepath down through Ruoms and onwards a bit. Suits us too as means we can cycle to supermarket in Ruoms this way (we're in a motorhome).

Any other suggestions?
We'll be doing loads of cycling pre & post our Ardeche visit so may end up just picking the campsite that suits.

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This may help
Voie Verte Ardeche

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August-October 2018 Somewhere else in France.

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We love the Ardeche and store our caravan there. But I have to say that though we've walked a good bit of the cycle path between Grospierres, Ruoms Pradons, (which passes the site where we store our caravan) it's not the most exciting one I've ever been on, to be honest............. in fact I might go so far as to say 'it's pretty boring' for the most part. We like the bit actually over the river confluence of the Chassezac and Ardeche, where you can see the heronry and Ibisry (whatever a collection of Ibis nests is called) but the remainder isn't exciting at all! There are few memorable views. We haven't walked the last bit from Pradons to Vogue, though Vogue itself is lovely and worth a visit. However, the area is great, with some old villages leading down to the river, good markets, plenty of interesting walks, and lots of other good things to do. It's just a shame the cycle route isn't better!



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Thanks. So not up to Annecy - Albertville voie verte standards in terms of scenery!

Perhaps we need to stop looking at the cycling and just pick the site that suits us and the motorhome best.
Kind of accept for those 4 or 5 days we wopn't cycle much.
It's just the thought of trying to get my boys to walk anywhere is a bit depressing! Put them on a bike they'll go anywhere

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There are actually 2 other cyclepaths. La Payre which is Privas to le Pouzin on the Rhone (that would then link in to the Via Rhona) and the Docle Via but neither seem to have any accessible campsites to them.

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We stayed at
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very near the confluence of the Rhone and theArdeche and has the Via Rhona running alongside the campsite

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Quote: Originally posted by Kittiwake on 08/11/2018
Thanks. So not up to Annecy - Albertville voie verte standards in terms of scenery!

Perhaps we need to stop looking at the cycling and just pick the site that suits us and the motorhome best.
Kind of accept for those 4 or 5 days we wopn't cycle much.
It's just the thought of trying to get my boys to walk anywhere is a bit depressing! Put them on a bike they'll go anywhere



Well, stay at Les Coudoulets (nice site) at Pradons and cycle to Vogue where there is a good river beach, nice scenery, and you're past the most boring section into and out of Ruoms! The other way you could cycle into Ruoms on market day (Friday) - a good one, and night markets during the summer. Ruoms also has a SuperU supermarket, plenty of tourist shops (some very good value) and bars and restaurants - one with a very good value 'Menu du Jour' (near to the PMU but at the moment I can't remember what it's called!

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Thanks! Coudoulets has always been high on my wish list & even if cyclepath a bit dull itís functional in terms of accessing Ruoms & facilities.


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