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A gorgeous river south of Birmingham


Avon River Navigation | England: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 73 km
Number of locks: 17
Lock dimensions: 21.30 x 3.80
Max. depth: 0.90
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: with urban surroundings, for sporty people
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

Weitere Informationen

Waterway has access to:

Severn River & Gloucester Sharpness | England
Stratford on Avon Canal | England

Avon Navigation or Shakespeare’s Avon
is parted into three stretches

Lower Avon Navigation
After the Second World War navigation on the entire river was closed down. In 1950 already, the Lower Avon Navigation Trust was launched and in 1962 the 8 locks between Tewkesbury and Evesham were restored and the river therefore navigable again to this town.  

Upper Avon Navigation
Since Upper Avon was in a worse state, some of the locks had to be replaced completely, works started here a bit later. In 1974 however, the waterway was again navigable all through and has now access to the canal with the same name and to the Grand Union at Stratford upon Avon.

Higher Avon Navigation
This short stretch on River Avon, it used to go from Stratford upon Avon to the Grand Union Canal, is not navigable anymore today. This will probably stay like it is since one has a possibility to get from Stratford upon Avon Canal to the Grand Union Canal on a not much longer way.

Houseboat & Narrow Boat Hire Avon Navigation

Bidford Boats
Bidford on Avon

No. 2 Severn, Avon & Birmingham / Nicholson


Author: Harper Collins / Editor: Nicholson /  Language: English
Delivery time: instantly

Navigational notes include: Planning a cruise, using a lock and bridges, winding holes, boatyards and local services. Covers the rivers Avon and Severn, Birmingham Canal Navigations main line (Gas St to Aldersley Junction), Gloucester & Sharpness, Staffs & Worcester, Worcester & Birmingham, Southern Stratford-upon-Avon and Stourbridge canals Also: The history of each canal, places of interest, pubs and restaurants, opportunities for walking and cycling. Spiralbounding, size: A5

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