Hiking: From Désaignes you may select various marked hiking routes, also to go Nordic walking. In the cottage there is a Dutch language booklet showing hiking routes in the area. The region has a quite varied landscape: wooded gorges (Désaignes), plateaus (St-Agrève and Nozières) and the high alpine landscape around the mountains Mont Mézenc and Gerbier de Jonc.
Every year in April/May Le Trail is organised at Désaignes. This is a major hiking event with over 1,200 participants. Please visit www.trailardechois.com.
Biking: The Désaignes region is quite attractive to cycling fans. The Office du Tourisme in Désaignes and Lamastre provide information on available biking routes. In the village is a possiblity to hire mountainbikes (per our € 3; per half a day € 9; per day € 14).
Every year in June, the four-day cycling event, the L’Ardéchoise, is scheduled, in which over 15.000 cyclists from France and other countries participate. Every village along the route is decorated, turning the event into a popular happening. See blog.ardechoise.com
Horseback riding: Between Désaignes and Lamastre you will find the stables, or manege, ‘Le Vergier’. Here you will be able to make trips on horseback with a guide. Please visit www.levergier.com
Every year in August, the annual festival EquiBlues is planned in St-Agrève. It is a popular rodeo festival with country music. Please visit www.equiblues.com
Sailing and surfing: Near St-Agrève, at a 30 minute driving distance, is the lake Lac de Devesset, where you may want to rent a sailboat and surfing materials. The school for sailing and surfing even provides lessons. Please visit www.lac-de-devesset.fr
Golfing: At Le Chambon sur Lignon is one of the loveliest golf courses with gorgeous views of the Massif Central. Please visit www.golf-chambon.com
Climbing park: In the squirrel forest La Riaille Noire near Le Chambon sur Lignon there is a climbing park with tracks at several levels ranging from easy to tough. Please check parc-ecureuil.pagesperso-orange.fr
Skiing: In case of sufficient snowfall it is possible to go skiing on the Mont Mézenc (1745 m), 45 km from Désaignes.