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A map of the River Avon

The map displays a range of services available on the River Avon. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.

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Historic Buildings
Train Station
Bus Station
Public Houses
Boat Yards
Electricity Points
Water Points
Food Shops
Recycling Points
Sanitory Stations
Self Use Pump Outs
Sewage Disposal
Refuse Disposal
Mooring Overnight
Calor Gas
Wi Fi
Winding Holes
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A brief history of the River Avon

Canal Details
Canal length : 46.1 miles
Locks : 17
Boat Length : 70ft
Height : 8ft ins
Width : 13ft ins
Draught : 3ft ins

The navigable section of the River Avon runs from the Alveston weir, which is a couple of miles upstream for Stratford-upon-Avon, to Tewksbury where it joins the Servern Navigation canal. The river itself runs from a spring in Naseby in Northamptonshire, through Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Worcestshire and finally to the River Severn in Gloucestershire.

The first recorded history of improvements to the river and flow was in 1635 when William Sandys wa granted powers to improve both the River Avon and the Rivern Terne. In 1717 the navigation was split at Evesham into the Upper and Lower Avon. Trade was severly affected by the introduction of the railways and eventually into disuse.

Restoration began in March 1949 with the publication of an article in the Evesham Journal that described the decline. Fund raising was started by the Lower Avon Navigation Trust Ltd which had raised £50,000 by 1962. This led eventually to the restoration of the 7 locks from Tewksbury to Evesham. Further donations of £84,000 led to the restoration of the Upper Avon.

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