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River Avon, England

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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The River Avon or Avon is a river in or adjoining the counties of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire in the Midlands of England. Also known as the Warwickshire Avon or Shakespeare's Avon, it has been divided since 1719 into the Lower Avon, below Evesham, and the Upper Avon, from Evesham to above Stratford-upon-Avon.Improvements to aid navigation began in 1635, and a series of locks and weirs made it possible to reach Stratford, and to within 4mi of Warwick. The Upper Avon was tortuous and prone to flooding, and was abandoned as a means of navigation in 1877. The Lower Avon struggled on, and never really closed, although it was only navigable below Pershore by 1945.Restoration of the lower river as a navigable waterway began in 1950, and was completed in 1962. The upper river was a more daunting task, as most of the locks and weirs were no longer extant. Work began in 1965 on the construction of nine new locks and 17mi of river, using mainly volunteer labour, and was completed in 1974 when it was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Plans to extend the navigable river to provide a link with the Grand Union Canal at either Warwick or Leamington Spa have met with some opposition.Etymology"Avon" derives from the British language, "river", which also survives as a number of other English and Scottish river names, and as modern Welsh and Breton avon, "river".
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  • From Stratford to Eckington and further afield the Avon is picturesque and blessed with plenty of pubs cafes and opportunities for boating. Top river. 
  • I met the Avon River in the tourist town of England-Stratfor-Upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare. I haven't done a boat trip, but feel the beauty and saw how the crowds of tourists have fun walking, or sitting in the square beside the river. It's wonderful to imagine Shakespeare sensation seeking imagination there.
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  • This river passes through the beautiful city of Bath. It's a great place for some pictures and make a boat tour of the city.
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  • Being goin here for last 8 yrs.never had 1 complaint staff are brill,food is allways excellent.never found 1 as good as this.keep up the good work amy & ray.
  • Good food off menu. Buffet poor. Hardly any choice and limited. Better ordering off menu.
  • Been going here for years and was always great until our last visit in Oct 2010, no food on the buffet! Complained and were told all the chefs had walked out! ?
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