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Alveston Weir

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge



Visit Alveston Weir on the River Avon by boat or canoe.

The Silver Propeller Location is the navigable limit two miles above Stratford at Alveston Weir. There is plenty of room to turn below the weir, but the river close to this point is quite shallow and reedy depending on the time of year. In addition, the safe limit of navigation for many boats is the caravan park near Tiddington. Alternatively, the 90 degree left hand bend beyond is also possible. Any photo of your boat on this part of the river will be a good proof of your visit.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.

History of the River Avon

The River Avon has long been navigable with a series of locks and weirs being built around 1635. Furthermore, navigation is possible within 4miles of Warwick. Despite abandoning navigation of the upper reaches above Evesham in 1877, however, the lower portion never really closed. 


Restoration of the Lower Avon, as it became known, began in 1950 and finished in 1962. In addition, the re-opening of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother two years later prompted the considerably more difficult restoration of the Upper Avon. Moreover, under the leadership of David Hutchings MBE, the 17 miles of navigation with nine new locks were completed in 1974 using mostly volunteers and famously prison labour.

Photo: Alveston Weir in Warwickshire on the River Avon by Tony Green.

River Avon Notes

River Avon Dimensions

The maximum boat size that can navigate the river is:-

  • Length – 70′ 0″ (21.34m)
  • Beam – 12′ 6″ (3.81m)
  • Height – 10′ 0″ (3.05m)
  • Draught – 3′ 0″ (0.91m)


72ft narrow boats can navigate the river with care.

The river is managed by the Avon Navigation Trust.

Canoeing & Boat Hire

Go by canoe on the River Avon with an Avon licence or British Canoeing membership. A possible launch site is “The old bathing place” free car park on the A439 Warwick road. Alveston weir is a 5 foot slope at 45 degrees with a lot of towback. Furthermore, the side weir is a gentle slope with a 1 foot drop into a pool.

There are plenty of boating options available in Stratford, for instance, boat trips and hire of motor boats, rowing boats, punts, canoes and even a gondola.

Challenge Location

Alveston Weir

Safe limit of navigation for larger boats is at Avoncliffe near Tiddington, for shallower draughted boats just below Alveston Weir. Either location accepted. All boats must hold an Avon licence, and obtain guidance notes, in advance, from The Avon Navigation Trust.

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