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Alveston Weir, River Avon (Warwickshire)

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.  Any photo of your boat on this part of the river above Tiddington 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.

Notes on the River Avon

The River Avon has long been navigable with a series of locks and weirs being built around 1635, and it being reported soon after that navigation to within four miles of Warwick was possible. Navigation of the upper reaches above Evesham was abandoned in 1877, and although the lower portion never formally closed it suffered complete neglect.

Restoration of the Lower Avon, as it became known, began in 1950 and was finished in 1962.  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.  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.

[The photo shows Alveston Weir at the current head of navigation  –  by Tony Green]

Notes for visitors


Postcode: CV37 7QP

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River Avon Dimensions

The maximum size of boat 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.

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.  The safe limit of navigation for many boats is the caravan park near Tiddington, or the 90 degree left hand bend beyond.   For shallower draughted boats just below Alveston Weir.  All boats must hold an Avon Navigation Trust licence.  Guidance notes on the Navigation are supplied by the Trust.

Canoeing, Trip Boats and Boat Hire

Canoeing is encouraged on the River Avon with an Avon Navigation Trust 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.  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

River Avon (Warwickshire)

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