Monday, September 29, 2008

Cascade du Ray Pic - The Ray Pic Waterfall

We've been having really nice sunny days lately so I was determined to make the most of it whilst we still can. Seems a shame to stay at home - even if it is to watch the F1 race in Singapore.

So it was off to see the Ray Pic Waterfall - one of the attractions of the region which both of us have not been to before. It's located on the D215 between Burzet & Lachamp Raphael (at 1329m is the highest commune in Ardeche) which is also part of the route of the Monte Carlo rally.

Gorgeous scenery

From the main parking area, it's about a 15 min walk to the waterfall

An example of what NOT to pick
when you're out hunting mushrooms
(rule of thumb : ignore anything red)

The trek is well paved & not particularly difficult

Cascade du Ray Pic is not impressive because of it's height, it's a mere 60m but because of it's beautiful setting amongst basaltic columns. The La Bourges river rushes through channels of volcanic rocks to end up flowing over the remains of a lava flow which is 35,000 years old.

We were later to find out that swimming is forbidden


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