Gorges de Carança

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Gorges de Carança
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Caroline M
By Caroline M
I didn't mean to do it
Sep 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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Caroline M
Brighton, UK94 contributions
I didn't mean to do it
Sep 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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mike_Travelling_man
Harrogate, UK21 contributions
Bit disappointing
Sep 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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Judith L
Penrith, UK22 contributions
Scary but fun,
Aug 2018
Amazing views, scary paths if you don’t like heights but worth it, different to the normal tracks, ok for kids as there were a few doing the easier route.
Written August 13, 2018
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Oliver H
Ariege, France22 contributions
A tough climb, but oh so worth it!
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
Gorge de Carança
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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silviebee
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany7 contributions
Wonderful walk
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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Tim_n_Soph
Warminster, UK84 contributions
Not for the faint hearted, but a hell of a thrill
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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Nick Hobson
43 contributions
Stunning!
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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Ian S
Limburg Province, The Netherlands8 contributions
A must on your things to do list.
Aug 2016 • Family
From the carpark take the route to the left under the railway bridge and after a while you get a choice either to take the route to the right over a bridge or carry straight on. We went straight on and took the more difficult route and in some places it can get quite tricky but you get some stunning views of the gorge. Eventually you end up by the water where you can have a well earned rest and a picnic. From there you follow the water downstream before ending up walking on a small ledge that's been cut into the gorge and a steel rope to hold onto!Again more stunning views until you get another choice either to take the shorter route to the right or the longer loop to the left both ending up at the carpark. Pay first your carpark ticket before fetching the car. A brilliant day out and well worth it.
Written August 17, 2016
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Caleb P
Penang Island, Malaysia10 contributions
Something for Everyone in This Hike
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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