Gorges de Carança
Gorges de Carança
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Caroline M
By Caroline M
I didn't mean to do it
5.0 of 5 bubblesSept 2018
Some local (French) friends asked me if I would like to join them for a walk...warned me it may be a few hours...Boy oh boy what an experience. Starts off in a car park with a bar/snack place and after winding along an easy going rock path beside a fast flowing river I encountered rope bridges, narrow metal gantry walks and a fair amount of rock hopping and suddenly we were up quite high holding onto steel ropes pinned into the granite. Further along there are some steep sections and a lovely ramble through a wooded trail (spot the roman road) before you come to mountain views and the going is a little easier. After skirting round some cows we found ourselves climbing up into a valley surrounded by peaks and the river back with us on the left. A well earnt lie down and food gave us the strength to do the return journey. There is a loo in a hut by the refuge but it was locked. The hut is very basic but would be very handy to shelter in if wet and cold. On the return we were very surprised to see large groups heading up probably to sleep in the hut. Just glad we didn't meet them on the very narrow high sections. The views on the return journey were spectacular as you realise just how magnificent the scenery is and how steep the drops are!! We had fantastic weather with a bit of a breeze but wouldn't recommend if it is raining or there had been a lot of rain in the mountains as the river would turn into a torrent and the going would be very slippery. It took us 9 hours but that wasn't bad for a reasonably fit occasional trekker like me. I was very lucky to be in the company of an excellent local guide and a good friend who didn't mind when I said "are we nearly there yet" a few times..its inspired me to come back and do more treks in the region for sure. I was surprised to see some people taking dogs...not recommended especially if you have to carry a pet when you should be definitely HOLDING ON.

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Tim_n_Soph
Warminster, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
I took this walk with some trepidation having read one or two reviews and my vertigo fears weren't disappointed.

We set off on the left hand side of the river quickly ascending the valley walls with stunning views across to the other side (see photo) where a family with young children were negotiating the path cut into the solid walls of the valley a very long drop to one side with no safety railings, just a rope on the rock side.

The walk was wonderful and eventually brought us down to the valley floor. This is where one has to take note, if you wish to only go this far and then return on the other side back to the car park follow the sign which says LA CORNICHE. We weren't aware that this was the way we wanted and so carried on along metal walk ways, rope bridges etc which were all a bit hairy at times until we realised we were going the wrong way and had to turn about and retrace our steps - oh joy!

Once going in the correct direction we soon came upon what I can only describe as my worse nightmare, a sheer drop aside a narrow path. But if a young girl with a back pack can manage then so can a 60 something man.

I obviously lived to relate the tale but where was Health and Safety and was told by a Frenchman that they don't do H&S in France. Vive la France and hopefully we can get away from the cotton wool nanny state that England seems to have got itself into.
Written July 29, 2017
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silviebee
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
The walk is perfect for a medium difficult hike with a stunning views. We read one of the earlier reviews and took an advice to start the walk from the right side, over the bridge and up on the left side, following the stream. The first 20min of a walk were uphill and a bit rough, but after that we found ourselves on an easy walk on the edge of the canyon with a very steep and high view to the stream. We walked for 1h until we reached the bridge over the stream. After that the walk was again up the hill, and a bit tough, but we already rested from the uphill walk from the beginning and were happy to see the other side of the slope and the path we already passed.
All in all, it took us around 3h to come back to the car park, with talking many photos and enjoying the view, having a lunch break... I would recommend hiking shoes because there are some rocky parts where you want your foot to be stable.
Written October 10, 2017
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DiLoLa
Varde, Denmark69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
This is a very nice smaller hike, but chosing where to beging can make a huge difference in the experience of the walk.
I would higly recommand - as I was recommanded - that you start by passing the small brigde at he car park. Here you take a path that is quite steep but temporary. At the top you turn left to go to the corniche, you follow the gorge first on the corncihe then on a small path until you arrive at the small suspension bridge, where you cross the river. You return on the other side of the gorge (note the signs marked with paint on the stones). This return involves a long decline that is quite tiring if you start from the other end of this hike and you would then risk arriving at the corniche tired and unable to benefit from the magic experience of walking it.
Written June 23, 2016
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Nick Hobson
85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Visited with the kidd and ook the path up through the carpark, alongside the stream. We felt we didn't have the proper footwear to do the complete circuit and didn't think the more arduous sections would be suitable for kids. Travelled up as far as the first bridge but that was more than enough. Scenery was stunning and perhaps we'll come back at some point and do the full route.
Well worth the visit and the small cost for parking makes this a bargain.
Written August 17, 2016
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Caroline M
Brighton, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
Some local (French) friends asked me if I would like to join them for a walk...warned me it may be a few hours...Boy oh boy what an experience. Starts off in a car park with a bar/snack place and after winding along an easy going rock path beside a fast flowing river I encountered rope bridges, narrow metal gantry walks and a fair amount of rock hopping and suddenly we were up quite high holding onto steel ropes pinned into the granite. Further along there are some steep sections and a lovely ramble through a wooded trail (spot the roman road) before you come to mountain views and the going is a little easier. After skirting round some cows we found ourselves climbing up into a valley surrounded by peaks and the river back with us on the left. A well earnt lie down and food gave us the strength to do the return journey. There is a loo in a hut by the refuge but it was locked. The hut is very basic but would be very handy to shelter in if wet and cold. On the return we were very surprised to see large groups heading up probably to sleep in the hut. Just glad we didn't meet them on the very narrow high sections. The views on the return journey were spectacular as you realise just how magnificent the scenery is and how steep the drops are!! We had fantastic weather with a bit of a breeze but wouldn't recommend if it is raining or there had been a lot of rain in the mountains as the river would turn into a torrent and the going would be very slippery. It took us 9 hours but that wasn't bad for a reasonably fit occasional trekker like me. I was very lucky to be in the company of an excellent local guide and a good friend who didn't mind when I said "are we nearly there yet" a few times..its inspired me to come back and do more treks in the region for sure. I was surprised to see some people taking dogs...not recommended especially if you have to carry a pet when you should be definitely HOLDING ON.
Written December 13, 2018
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Mike_Travelling_man
Harrogate, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Don't get me wrong this is exactly my kind of thing and should have been great. However after leaving the car park over a small bridge and then quite a steep climb back and forth up the hill besides a hydroelectric feeder pipe, the path levels out and its a steady walk. The position is quite exposed and demands a close watch of children or more likely a tight hold.
But here's the thing after about twenty minutes the path was blocked and impassible due to maintenance works so there was no other choice but to retrace our steps.
Written November 7, 2018
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Oliver H
Ariege, France19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We were initially going to do the shortest loop, but when we got to the fork at the bridge pretty quickly, the young-uns decided to go further. We therefore continued up the left side of the valley. It was a lot tougher than we thought, but still ok with sensible shoes and the essential bottle of water. The walk back along the corniche on the other side of the gorge was absolutely spectacular, and easy too, so it's well worth doing it that way around, as you get the reward for your climb ;)
Written July 20, 2018
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Muddylanding
Amed, Indonesia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Fantastic walk along both sides of a deep gorge. Some steep sections and lots of cliff edges and amazing views.
Little Yellow Train station Thués-Entre-Valls is at the entrance to the gorge.
Written July 19, 2018
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Caleb P
Penang Island, Malaysia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
My wife, 6 year old, and I enjoyed this 3 hour walk a lot. Our son said it was one of the two best he's been on (the other being the Beehive on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, USA). Bridges and tunnels were great. The wire rope walk gave my wife heart palpitations while watching our boy; she ended up leading so she wouldn't have to watch.

We got confused regarding the different advice about the best route to take. We received advice to take the "Roc Madrieu" direction 3:1 while we were going in the wrong direction. I honestly didn't see what the huge difference would have been as we end up back at the same elevation.

My best advice: go early. It got warm in the afternoon, even in the shade.

And yes, the beer was great at the end!
Written July 19, 2016
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magintoronto
Toronto106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
Poorly marked trail. Do not start with the left hand path. Go up the right hand switchback until you reach a plateau, then turn left. This is the main path with the handrail for safety. After about an hour you will come to a monkey bridge, cross that and there is a lovely pool there for swimming. You'll need the rest. Bring a lunch and picnic here is a good idea. The monkey bridges continue up the gorge for another hour, though we elected to not do that part of the hike. Rather than turn around and come back where we came, we took the "advanced" route back. We figured it was downhill. Not so much! Lots of up and down. Lots of sheer cliffs - this was where the handrails could have really helped! At the end my husband downed two beers at the bar (yes there is a bar at the end of the hike) while I soaked my feet in the cool beautiful river.
Written August 20, 2015
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