Wild Swimming in France

While taking a break from leading gastronomic cycling holidays in Burgundy I decided to to take a little break in Nothern l’Ardèche. Hidden in the Eastern mountains of the Massif Central, the l’Ardèche is a fertile mountain region that has remained almost totally unchanged for centuries. This is real France. A land where goats roams the hill sides. Ancient chestnut trees carpet the landscape and the locals still live off the land.

Life here is still very simple. When the mercury rises locals head  for the regions fast flowing rivers to cool down. Rushing at the foot of deep gorges, millennia of relentless water flow has carved swimming holes from stubborn basalt. Creating perfect natural swimming pools, these hidden spots are well kept secrets amongst locals but with a sense of adventure and a little patience it is possible to stumble your very own piece or paradise. Heading out one afternoon with my father and Rimmer, a young friend from the village, and armed with Wild Swimming France, we found what we were looking for. Here are some images from our trip.

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