Looking at various canoeing websites in the ardeche, there seems to be a short 7km stretch, starting at Vallon and ending in Chames and a longer 25km one starting at Chames and ending at Sauze. The tourist office said there are 5 big rapids on that stretch but its easy. The canoe companies are also saying the canoeing down there is easy. I don't have canoeing experience. I have done white water rafting with guides and kayaking in a lake, also with a guide. I am a bit daunted by the prospect of having to go on our own, without a guide. Does anybody know how bad these rapids are down the 25km stretch? Are they easy enough for a beginner take up or would you say just do the baby 7km one?