Thursday dawned, and I fancied trying to reach the Ardèche river where it twists and winds through a gorge. The area is a nature reserve and it promised some spectacular views. I wasn't disappointed.

Ardèche river

What with the cracking weather, I went through a lot of sunscreen and water on this ride. The route started with a good climb over the hills north of Privat and then a meandering pedal along the tarmac roads connecting various picturesque little villages. On reaching the nature reserve, the track became much rougher until eventually I abandoned the bike and continued on foot until I reached a viewpoint over the river - stunning! I took a different route on the return leg, passing through yet more pretty little villages before coasting back down the hill to Privat, a shower, and a jump in the pool.

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Route map

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Information Calculated value
Overall distance 26.4 miles, 42.5 km
Altitude range (highest-lowest point) 1014 ft, 309 m
Altitude: Min, Max 72, 381 m
Total climb, total descent 835, 835 m
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