Please do not leave this book on the dashboard
of your car in the hot sun as high temperatures
will melt the cover adhesive.
We are sorry about this but most modern books are made this way – the adhesive these days is a hot melt one as it’s environmentally friendly.  I guess books simply aren’t designed to be kept in solar ovens!
We re-attached the cover on our copy by putting some strong rubber bands round it, weighting with a rock and leaving it on the dashboard in the hot sun….

White Water South Alps

3rd Edition

 Authors: Peter Knowles & Ian Beecroft

 ISBN: 978 0955061448  (2nd edition was 9780951941372)

 Imprint & Rights: Rivers Publishing UK. World Rights.

 Recommended retail Price: £19.95           

 Publication Date: 15th November 2011

 Format: Paperback; 224 pages; 240mm x 170mm, Full colour.

This is an inspiring, high quality, paddling guidebook aimed at the recreational tourist kayaker, canoeist or rafter who is considering a holiday trip to the European Alps.  It contains 65 classic runs in France, Italy and Switzerland. 

In the last 16 years this title has established itself as probably the most popular rivers guidebook in Europe.  This new edition has been freshly researched, re-designed in full colour, completely re-written and updated. It now includes a brand new paddling area, 9 new rivers, 30 new full colour maps, numerous cartoons and a huge number of stunning and inspiring photographs.

The South Alps are Europe’s top destination for white water sports and this new edition reflects this with contributions from local experts and top international river runners.

The authors are renowned expedition kayakers.


 “A very attractive book and including new colour cartography throughout. 

Even if you have an earlier copy of the book you will need this latest stunning edition

It’s a must have book for anyone who goes near the Alps or dreams of doing so.”

Canoeist Magazine, December 2011


“A classic!  In full colour and enriched. The only up-to-date guide.”

Canoe Kayak Magazine  Jan 2012

REVIEWS (for the Second Edition)

  “This guide is a quality product – don’t paddle in the Alps without it.”

                                                                Canoe Focus, U.K.

Well presented and humorous …… essential information and entertaining anecdotes”

                                         Playboating, U.K.

“An impressive and well researched book”….   

   Outdoors Illustrated U.K.

“Well illustrated … an absolute must for all Alpine paddlers”     

Paddles, U.K.

“Drool with envy …….Indispensable”       Canoeist, U.K.

UPDATE  Cerveyrette   2014

In June this year we spent an afternoon checking out this river. I feel that the general description in the guide book gives you a good feel for this interesting river and the nature of the paddling, but that some of the details need updating –

We recommend that you SCOUT THE RIVER on your drive up the valley –

Drive up the D902 and continue past the village of Font Christiane. After the village, look out for the recycling centre signed “Decotterie”, drive past this 100m and take the track right, after another 100m fork right by the old cars and continue 150m to a turning point. Park here and then it is about 5 minutes walk down the track which continues to the dam and take out. Note that there is small footpath up from a little cove, 20m or so upstream of the dam – so no ladders or ropes are needed. The lake is a beautiful turquoise, quiet, secret and especially reserved as a plum treat for adventurous paddlers!

Continue your drive up the D902 for about 1.5km (past a lay-by, notice board and path to a viewpoint of the lake) and look out for a tarmac private road to the right with a locked chain. Park here and then it is a ten minute walk down to the river, the FOOTBRIDGE AND CLASS 6 DROP. Note that there is a power house and outflow here which can double the flow back into the river.
The class 6 boulder drop is immediately after this footbridge – no obvious eddies, so scout your take out well! The portage is probably best on the left bank – follow the footpath and take a small path off to the right after 20m; this brings you out after 100m on a quad bike track which descends to near the river and a reasonable put in – a 9 minute portage?

There are reasonable views of the river on the drive up the rest of the valley.

We recommend that you inspect the mini gorge which is about 500m downstream from the put in. Park where a small track goes down to the river. There are several tight drops and what appears to be a class 5 undercut at the end of the gorge.

Happy paddling!

Peter Knowles, “