One of the most fairytale-like villages in the Gorges du Tarn would have to be Saint-Chely-du-Tarn. Nestled on the steep banks of the Tarn river in southern France, clinging onto and between the rocky outcrops of the gorge, Saint-Chely-du-Tarn has all the charm and melancholy of a French village hundreds of years old with all the modern amenities required by the modern tourist.

With only one way in and out, across a tall stone arched bridge and through a single lane arch cut into the rock of the gorge, and no through road, Saint-Chely-du-Tarn is an idyllic peaceful retreat, and therefore popular with those looking for a quiet get-away. Being almost in the centre of the gorge, it is also a popular stopping off point for those kayaking along to Tarn. Situated on a gentle bend in the river, it also has a stony beach, suitable for children wanting to paddle.

The church at Saint-Chely-du-Tarn
The village is only small, and can easily be covered by foot within a day. One of the first buildings the visitor passes is a small church, all that remains of a monastery that once dominated the village. There are no major sites or monuments in the village, but it still dotted with enchanting stone houses, many of which are now gîtes – homes available for short term rent.

Saint-Chely-du-Tarn is at its most enchanting when the creeks that run through town have a little water in them – such as after a few days of rain. The water runs not only through town, but out between the old buildings to cascade in a waterfall into the Tarn river"
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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
My teenage life found me on Motorbikes and fast cars.
My Later life was dogged by peaks and troughs of health problems.

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  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 1 year ago

    Fabulous photograph!!! :))))))))))

  • hello Vicki many many thanks

    – Malcolm Chant

  • – Malcolm Chant

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    I know what you mean. great shot sir

  • Thank you very much Manomn really appreciated

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 1 year ago

    Fabulous spot for a restful holiday

  • It’s such a remopte place to get to fred, and when there there is nothing for miles, thank you

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 1 year ago

    What a fabulous shot, Malcolm! I would think you were a bird with a camera attached to your back, judging from your POV! And…loved the description..always so interesting to learn the story behind an image! Wonderful!

  • Thank you very much for such a very kind comment Karen

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 1 year ago

    How idyllic! I didn’t know any places like that still existed!

  • I thought you and I could escape from that DD Christina he’d never find us there, hee hee

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 1 year ago

  • swaby
    swabyover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous view and capture Malcolm!

  • Thank you very much Tina

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago

    Great capture!

  • Many thanks Rick

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 1 year ago

    Definitely a hidden gem, Malcolm. A charming and beautiful little village that’s off the beaten path.

  • Thank you very much indeed seth, we just stumbled on it, I shot this in pouring rain, wasn’t sure what the result would be.

    take care

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyjover 1 year ago

    Super image

  • Thank you very much Cliffy

    – Malcolm Chant

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