Ardèche Adventure

for secondary schools

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The great outdoors just got greater

As you paddle with your KS3 or KS4 group through crystal clear waters and take in the full impact of this beautiful part of France, it’s an awe-inspiring experience that takes learning to a whole new level.

It’s a chance for secondary school students to discover, explore and gain new skills.

But beyond that, it’s the invaluable confidence; the renewed self-belief; the passion to succeed.

Because navigating the rapids along the twists and turns of the beautiful Ardèche Gorge, under the watchful eye of our highly experienced river teams, is truly a life-changing experience.

Activities

River adventure

Two days are spent enjoying the 19 mile (30km) descent of the Ardèche River - camping under the stars on an overnight bivouac. After learning the basics, students set off downstream in stages, paddling in small groups, with a dedicated river team ensuring everyone gets the most from their experience. Each subgroup has its own instructor, who will help to build trust and confidence through plenty of individual instruction.

More adventure

There’s plenty more adventure during your week. You can choose to explore the picturesque hills on a mountain bike, explore the hidden caves surrounding the river Cèze, trek alongside and across it to discover the stunning waterfalls at the Cascades du Saudatet, or journey downstream through waterfalls and plunge pools on our new canyoning activity. And if it that isn’t enough, there are plenty of adventure activities packed into the centre itself too.

An excursion day

Out and about you’ll discover the local area and places of interest - an ideal opportunity for cross-curricular enrichment.

Fun-packed evenings

The fun doesn’t stop when the day’s activities are over. Our centre team leads evening entertainment sessions for everyone to enjoy.

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A typical itinerary for this course

Lou Valagran - 9 days by coach 🚌

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrive at centre
Jog and Dip - Cèze River
Wacky Races and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 3 Jacob’s Ladder & Archery - Lou Valagran Centre Sit-on Kayaks - Cèze River Town Trail and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 4 Raft Building - Cèze River Mountain Biking Ardèche River Talk / The Cube and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Overnight Bivouac
Day 6 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 7 Excursion Day
Avignon
Excursion Day
Avignon
Splash and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 8 High Ropes Course - Lou Valagran Centre Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Depart for the UK
Day 9 Travel Travel Travel

Lou Valagran - 8 days by coach 🚌

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrive at centre
Jog and Dip - Cèze River
Robot Wars and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 3 Mountain Biking / Raft Building Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Ardèche River Talk / The Cube and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 4 Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Overnight Bivouac
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 6 Excursion Day
Avignon
Excursion Day
Avignon
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 7 Sit-on Kayaks - Cèze River Jacob’s Ladder & Archery - Lou Valagran Centre Depart for the UK
Day 8 Travel Travel Travel

Lou Valagran - 7 days by coach 🚌

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Travel Travel Travel
Day 2 Travel Arrive at centre
Jog and Dip - Cèze River
Robot Wars and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 3 Mountain Biking / Raft Building Trek - La Roque-sur-Cèze Ardèche River Talk / The Cube and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 4 Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 1
Peach Orchard to Gournier (16km)
Overnight Bivouac
Day 5 Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Ardèche Descent - Day 2
Gournier to Sauze Plage (14km)
Superhero Auction and Optional Late Night Ents
Day 6 Sit-on Kayaks - Cèze River Jacob’s Ladder & Archery - Lou Valagran Centre Depart for the UK
Day 7 Travel Travel Travel

Learning outcomes

Improve communication, leadership, teamwork and individual skills.

You’ll see improvements in qualities such as personal responsibility, independence, initiative, self-reliance and perseverance when you take your group abroad.

Facing and overcoming challenges with the support of their peers, teachers and PGL staff improves confidence.

We’ll inspire an enthusiasm not just for acquiring new skills, but for learning in other areas of their education.

Your students have the opportunity to learn specific skills and appreciate the benefits of healthy outdoor living and fitness.

 
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Bawdsey Manor

Bawdsey Manor

A beautiful new adventure centre for secondary schools in the South East and East Anglia.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.