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The Hérault is one of the most important rivers of the Massif Central and Languedoc region. At Pont du Diable a huge pool forms beneath the impressive old bridge at the base of a canyon. This is a very popular place to swim, with beaches and a large car park, but for some real adventure, and the chance for jumps and high dives, swim upstream into the incredible rock formations of the gorge. St-Guilhem-le-Désert, one of the best-preserved medieval villages in France, is nearby and cave enthusiasts might be tempted by the stalactities of the Grotte de Clamouse, reached by subterranean river. Leave A750 from Montpelier at Gignac 4km from Aniane on D27 (Lat Long: 43.7065, 3.5568)

EXTRACT FROM: © Wild Swimming France: discover the most beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls of France, by Daniel Start (May 2012) available from http://www.wildswimming.co.uk/france.html
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  • Added: 02/10/2013

    Really easy access from Montpellier by bus with a lovely chambre d'hote just up the road http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g2184436-d2196765-Reviews-Le_Mas_des_Elfes-Saint_Jean_de_Fos_Herault_Languedoc_Roussillon.html

  • Added: 29/10/2017

    There is a large car park here and a lake for swimming that the gorge and river that passes under the bridge lead into. There's also a babbling stream on the side of the lake opposite the river that's ideal for paddling. A popular spot for swimmers and sunbathers.

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