Usually done at the season’s beginning when the water level is higher, this exceptional canyon profits from the low crowds and calm of early summer. You’ll discover a course in a wild and leafy setting with pristine water. Your day will be active and full of discovery in the Val d’Angouire Canyon.
Starting at Moustier-Sainte-Marie, you’ll have a pleasant approach march to get to the canyon’s beginning. Using the ancient roman road, we’ll get to Moustier-Sainte-Marie’s hills where we’ll have a breath-taking view on the St Croix lake, the Valensole plateau, and, in the distance, the Mont Ventoux. We usually have our picnic before we start the course by the river… a way to be energized for the 4 hour downhill awaiting us. A total experience, this canyon enables you to practice abseiling, jumps and swimming. The steady water flow makes the aquatic aspect of this canyon pleasant but also accessible. The abseils get longer and higher (from 5 to 20 meters) which is good training before getting to a 30 meter abseil into a cave.
The pleasant pace allows you to enjoy Haute-Provence landscape. One last jump and one abseil under a waterfall will lead you to a walking section. Finally, where the river quiets down, we’ll catch the trail that takes us back to the parking lot.
From Castellane, you have to cross the Gorges du Verdon to Lac de Sainte-Croix where the emblematic village of Moustiers Sainte-Marie is located. Often in good condition in spring, we recommend this course for its beauty and bright atmosphere. Its turquoise water and concretions of tuffs give a very exotic touch. With 2.3 kilometers long and a significant hike, plan a good picnic.
The 220 meters of negative elevation are rather well distributed throughout the course. The progression is intense until the exit of the river. Access to abseil requires the installation of safety ropes to keep the entire group safe. The canyon was re-equipped in May 2018 and allows a progression in the water.
The source is a few kilometers from the start of the canyon. The flow is moderate and every summer the source dries up, a pity for the canyoners. The low flow and the sunny character make the temperature of the water is good, around 18 °. A rare feature for a spring canyon. The swimming parts are limited to the exit of the basins.
Discover the Val d’Angouire is the promise of a very sporty day. The welcoming and warm atmosphere is ideal for a complete initiation to canyoning. A good physical condition is a prerequisite to discover this activity. The numerous narrow parts of the course are never too long and allow to put off flood quickly.