Official Site of Ardèche Tourism
- "Ardelaine", in St Pierreville.
- "The Wind School", in St Clément.
- Renewable energies House, in Masméjan.
- Ardèche Randonnées.
- Escapade on hybrid electric bikes - Ardèche mountains.
- Solidarity rambles in the Cévennes .
- "Raid Nature du Pont d'Arc" in Vallon Pont d'Arc .
- The "Bio dans les étoiles" festival - in Annonay.
- "Mon pays ma fête" festival.
The Ardelaine cooperative () is situated in Saint-Pierreville () in the heart of the Eyrieux valley. Its activity processing the wool from 230 sheep farmers has allowed the creation of about thirty jobs.
The on site shop () (and even the on-line one ) offers a complete range of articles made by the business using environmentally sound procedures ().
Guided visits (), include ‘the secrets of wool’ up to today, where you can see sheep, workshops, machines, events…
After the creation of the Living Wool Museum () in 1991, the “la Cerise sur l’Agneau” restaurant () opened its doors on the Ardelaine site (). Local seasonal products, mostly from organic agriculture are widely covered in the menu.
Wool works from Ardèche sheep using processes that respect the environment. Wool is a natural fibre which is renewable and biodegradable and has outstanding natural insulating, hygroscopic and fire-resistant properties.
For the restaurant : established in partnership with Scop Ardelaine cooperative, the restaurant works to the same criteria – aimed at promoting local resources, ecology and a solidarity-based economy.*************
The little village of St Clément perched on the edge of the Ardeche mountains volcanic plateau now has a unique and unprecedented place: “the Wind School”.
An ecology centre where you can give free rein to your creativity, the "wind school" introduces visitors to environmental issues and renewable energies by means of an interactive exhibition focusing on flight and wind energy..
The Wind School is open throughout the year, whether it’s blowing or snowing, but please call before coming, just in case!
Eco + :
Educational role focusing on environmental issues, the wind and renewable energies; school groups.
Overview of the Wind School Museum, on a French video.
Source : Their official website.*************
Welcome at the Masmejan Mill () located in the town of the same name. This is an exceptional setting in the heart of the Ardèche mountains, at about 1,033m of high at the foot of the Masmejan or the Méjane river, we welcome you for a visit full of "energy".
The museum is an old mill restored in the early 2000s and is now energetically autonomous. An invitation to understand and be informed of what are the "energies" and "renewable energies".
Things to see and do:
A visit inside and outside the mill where the visitor will find different areas (earth, wind, wood, water ...) in which various activities and experiments are conducted to understand the full meaning of the word "energy".
Discover another way to ramble through the Monts d'Ardèche Regional Nature Park by getting to know the land and the people who live there, and its geology, culture, wildlife and plants – that is the goal of this association of mountain guides.
A new take on rambling based on participation in local life and reaching out to the place and the people who make it tick. Discover the natural habitats that you walk through, their wildlife, plants, geology and heritage. You’ll also take a trip through the region's past, learn the anecdotes of local history and get a taste of local flavours and local culture.
Eco-friendly holidays during a trip down the Ardèche Gorges in a canoe or kayak during a stay comprising 4 days and 3 nights, “multi-activity holiday provider” Escapade Loisirs unveils the treasures of the Ardèche Nature Reserve in a novel way focusing on wildlife, flora, geology, local produce and history and including a meeting with the Reserve wardens.
You spend half a day working side by side with the Reserve wardens to protect the environment, removing invasive plants, counting or observing animal populations, feeding Egyptian vultures.
Place de la Mairie
07150 Vallon Pont d’Arc
Tel. +33 (0)4 75 88 07 87 - Email
5 days of outings from a central base to discover the Ardèche Mountains and the sources of the Loire in a gentle way on a e-bike. This is a great and reassuring means of travelling even long distances without fear of tiredness, on roads or tracks, to explore the most beautiful sites in this mountainous region. Several routes are open to you depending on your proficiency and physical condition.
A chance to discover the different ecosystems that make up the Ardèche Mountains – lakes, volcanoes, forests, flower-filled pastures.*************
Seven days including three days of walking, combined with visits to tourist sites, new experiences, exchange, mutual help and sharing. No need to go halfway round the world to get to know a place and the men and women who live there in a spirit of solidarity.*************
Next edition date: 31 March 2013.
If you are in search of strong sensations, don’t miss Raid Nature and Kid Raid 07 every Easter. The routes are carefully laid out in coordination with a variety of organisations to ensure that nature is respected at all times.
Biodegradable plates and cutlery, printed documents made from recycled paper, personalised barriers and marking (no paint, 80% of tapes removed on the evening of the event); the refreshments supplied to the 1,000 competitors by 200 volunteers are made from local organic produce.
Overviews of the event, on French videos, by clicking here (2006) and here (2010).
Sources: TV Ardèche and Vallon-Pont-d'Arc tourist office.
Vallon-Pont-d’Arc tourist office
07150 Vallon-Pont -d'Arc
Tel. +33 (0)4 75 88 04 01- Contact.
# Raid-Nature ()
1 place de l'ancienne gare - BP5
Tel. +33 (0)4 75 88 04 01- Email.
Next edition date : 12 April 2013.
The Nature Vivante () (EKIBIO Group) business foundation has held the Bio Dans les Etoiles organic festival () in Annonay () since 2009. An organic market, cooking workshops, outdoor events, children’s activities, shows, film showings and wine-tastings are part of the programme.
Raises awareness among children and the public at large of food and environmental issues with the aim of furthering efforts to protect the environment.*************
Next edition date: not yet communicated.
Pays de l’Ardèche Méridionale () holds the Mon Pays Ma Fête festival () on the theme of wildlife and other animals for three days in May, with a programme that includes a whole range of supervised outdoor activities (donkey rides, horse-rides and walks on the theme of wildlife, canoeing, rowing), as well as visits to tourist sites, educational farms, exhibitions and conferences on wildlife – plus cultural events in cafés with the Bistrots de Pays label.
A fun way to get a better understanding of nature.
Mon Pays, Ma fête ()
Tel. +33 (0)4 75 38 87 88