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River Avon – Warwickshire

The River Avon joins the River Severn at Tewkesbury and is navigable upstream to Alveston Weir. It is joined by the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal at Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Warwickshire Avon Map

Alveston Weir in Warwickshire on the River Avon.

Facts & Stats

45.4 miles

(73.1 km)

The length of the River Avon that is navigable

17 locks


Navigation upstream to Alveston Weir



The River was made navigable to Stratford by William Sandys.

Tewkesbury to Alveston

In 1639, the river was made navigable to Stratford by William Sandys. An Act was passed in 1751 to make the Avon open to all but gradually railway competition led to disuse and decay. In 1950, the Lower Avon Navigation Trust was formed and by 1962, boats could reach Evesham and, two years later, Offenham. In 1974, the Upper Avon Navigation Trust reopened the river to Stratford. 

There are proposals to extend navigation further upstream towards Warwick, and with a connection to the Grand Union Canal.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 70′ (21.3 metres)
  • Beam: 12′ 6″ (3.8 metres)
  • Height: 10′ (3.0 metres)
  • Draught: 4′ 0″ (1.2 metres) – reduces to 3′ 0″ or less towards Alveston Weir

Navigation authority

Avon Navigation Trust

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