Canyoning in the Angouire valley in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

This morning, it’s 9:30 am and I’m enjoying my coffee with a pain au chocolat on the terrace of “Tourisme”. Christophe, a friend “canyoner” goes through there. He said “I’m going to make a canyon, the Angouire valley in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, are you coming?” And me to answer: “Hey, look, no activity on the Verdon for me this afternoon, come on, let’s go!”

 

Approach and Organization

So here we are on the road to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, it is now 11:30 am and we are leaving for a day canyon… Fortunately, there are only two of us and we know that we will go faster than a group of beginners.

We therefore leave the car in the highest car park in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and begin the ascent to this medieval road which then leads to the Roman road leading to Castellane via Chasteuil.

First impression; this walk must be unbearable in summer under the sun. Second impression; better come in two cars and make a shuttle to get closer to the departure of the canyon because we walked more than two hours at a rather fast pace before starting the activity.

Progress in the Val d’Angouire Canyon

This canyon is part of a particularly wild environment and dries very quickly in the season, so it is only passable in the spring. Once at the start, we chain the first reminders which present no difficulty. Even on a sunny day, I am happy to have put on my 7mm wetsuit because the waterfall reminders are very very refreshing …

We finally arrive at the passage called “Pear”. Here, the phenomenon of erosion reaches its climax, the water cut into the layer of limestone about thirty meters to form a narrow corridor. The sunlight even has some difficulty coming to the bottom.

Little by little, the canyon is coming to an end. We end in lush vegetation, embellished with multiple tuffs waterfalls. Another 40 minutes walk to find the car left in Moustiers …

Grand setting and rather sporty course since we put 7 hours in all, at a fairly steady pace.

 

The Funny Helmets.