Chaulet (France)

Location: South France (Ardèche).

Great place for a family holiday combining climbing, swimming, culture and sunbathing.

Access: from the campsite Les Blaches or La Vignasse just cross the Chassezac river (knee deep) in a few minutes.

Topo guide: Ardèche (Guide des sites d’escalde). For sale on the campsites or in the farmshop in Casteljau.

Best season: Spring-Summer-Autumn. Summer is quite hot but climbing is possible until 11am and from 5 pm onwards. Or climb at the cave located on the same river bank as the campsite (5 minutes walk upstream) and always in the shade.

Another option is to visit the surrounding crags:

  • Mazet plage (morning crag): 5th and 6th grade (10 minutes by car).
  • Actinidias (afternoon crag): 6th, 7th and 8th grade (10 minutes by car).
  • Lots of boulders (signposted circuits) near VVF (10 minutes drive in the direction of Les vans): many specially for kids.

Routes: Limestone. Single pitch routes. Ranging from 4 to 8a.


  • Camping Les Blaches: best option (also cottages for rent).
  • Camping La Vignasse
  • Campin Mazet
  • Camping Actinidias.

On rest days:

  • Swimming in de Chassezac river or descending the river by kayak (for rent at camping Les Blaches).
  • Great hikes.
  • Typical French markets at Les Vans (best place for shopping) or Vallon-Pont-d’Arc.
  • Descent the Ardèche river (kayaks for rent in Vallon-Pont-d’Arc).
  • Jumping in the river at Actinidias: great swimming and jumps into the deep water from different heights.
  • Caving.

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