Local Activities


Splashing about in the river

A short drive from the property is the pretty river Beaune which flows to the Ardeche Gorge just South of Balazuc. There are several sandy beaches along the river, with quiet spots to relax and enjoy the scenery, appealing to both adults and children alike.

We recommend Canoeing the fabulous gorge from Balazuc to Ruoms, FIND OUT MORE


From the property there are many beautiful local walks and marked trails with superb views, be it around the local hamlets or surrounding woodland, keep an eye out for the Paleolithic graves. The entire area has a myriad of walks ranging up from 3-5km to full day treks.

View our gallery of the picturesque scenery CLICK HERE

Cycling (road)

The cycling is simply superb, be it along the many gorges or local Cols–Cols de Meyrand 1370m, de la Croix Blanche 900m, de la Croix Millet 776m, two of which commence in Ribes. Mike is an extremely keen cyclist and is able to offer any assistance you would require. An experienced club rider and group leader in the UK, if around he will be more than willing to provide the benefit of his considerable knowledge by taking you out for half or full day. Mike can make available many of the rides he frequently does via downloads for Garmin Edge 800/810/1000 etc. Cycle hire is also available locally CLICK HERE to find out more

Bike Hire

Approximately 10kM south of Joyeuse there is a very good bicycle hire centre with a comprehensive workshop facility and full spares support for all leading makes Campagnolo/Shimano/Sram. The hire range includes leisure bikes, road bikes (Route) aluminium and carbon, off road (VTT) with part or full suspension and also a great range of electric bikes both on and off road. As an indication costs range from approximately 20 euros for an off road bike for 1 day to 125 euros for an off road electric bike for three days, a carbon road bike for the same period is 100 euros. All bikes can be booked via the website www.amc7.com by clicking on the “Location de velo” tab to the right of Reservation on ligne at the bottom of the page. Adequate English is spoken by a couple of the staff.

Via Ferrata (climbing adventure/zip wire) / Canyoning / Caving / Rock Climbing

For the adventurous, Gecco Adventure located in Joyeuse organise all of the above. Terrific fun especially for the whole family is Via Ferrata, it is very similar to what in the UK is often termed “tree top adventure/zip lining”. Please see web site for full details unfortunately only currently in French, there are some excellent videos. The company has great reviews, please see web site.

Horse riding

A good size local stable is just a short 5 minute drive away from La Clède. There is also another stable in the nearby town of Joyeuse.
Please contact chassournet@orange.fr tel 0033 475399372

Other Sports

For the more relaxed and sedate you can enjoy a game of Tennis, table tennis and boules at the Salle Polyvalente in Ribes. You can of course simply unwind and watch.

Goat farm

Visit a real working working goat farm. Enjoy the animals and discover how they produce the local speciality goats cheese. You can also sample and buy cheeses to take away. Our local goat farm is a 20 minute walk away.

Nature watching

Be it birds of prey, small birds or the sheer variety of butterflies and wild flowers, you will not be disappointed. With a varied and dramatic terrain the Ardeche is home to many varied animals, birds and wild flowers.

Jam making

We have the most wonderful cherry tree and also fig trees in the garden at La Clède. Apricots from the local market all make excellent jam. A jar or two makes a special present to take home.