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Grotte des BranchesArdeche, FRANCE
Climbs 50 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude ? – Faces ?
Climbs at this crag
Access from Salvas side of the Ardèche. Follow the road to the campsite Les Blachas and park before the entrance 44°23.367'N, 4°24.102'E. Follow the main path/road through the campsite which is marked as a public footpath. The path heads down to the beach before turning back up the hill at the bottom of the gully. Follow the path/road past the tennis courts on your right side exiting the campsite on a mud path. Follow this path to a split which either goes above the stream or across it whichever is your preference. Continue the path and you will come to a roped section via ferrata style. Cross this and continue along the path a short distance until Les Branches comes into view. 44°22.836'N, 4°24.593'E. It is possible to cross from the Vallon Pont d'Arc side but the water level has to be low enough to wade across. The car park for this is on the D290 from Vallon Pont d'Arc on the left hand side 44° 23' 0.726"N, 4° 24' 47.052"E. The car park is pretty large and next to a restaurant. From here walk back towards Vallon until you come to a smaller car park on the river side of the road. The path leads down to the river from here. Be aware that people were charging to get to the beach when I was there in June 2013.
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