THREE OTHER PLACES TO KAYAK IN FRANCE
Brittany is a popular sea kayaking destination for good reason thanks to its rugged coastline peppered with historical forts and castles, pristine beaches and diverse wildlife. The Pink Granite coast to the east of Roscoff is a particularly appealing, and relatively gentle, area for paddling.
Lake: Southern French Alps
Lac du Sautet is about one hour’s drive south of Grenoble, with one of its two long fingers stretching into the Écrins national park and the other feeding into the dramatic Souloise canyons. The turquoise lake is flanked by towering mountains and makes a safe, family-friendly and scenic spot for paddling, with kayaks available to rent.
River: the Dordogne gorges
Paddling down the River Dordogne in south-western France is one of life’s simple pleasures, as it is generally tranquil, with just the occasional mini-rapid in spring. The 170-kilometre stretch from Argentat to Mauzac-et-grand-castang is prime paddling territory, allowing canoeists of all abilities to pass châteaux and honeycoloured villages such as La Roque-gageac ( pictured above), stopping at little beaches for picnics and swims along the way.