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River Avon (Bristol)

Description of River Avon (Bristol): Navigable from Hanham Lock, Bristol, (the junction with the Kennet and Avon Canal) to Avonmouth. The river is navigable for sea-going craft from Avonmouth to Bristol Docks.

History of River Avon (Bristol): Made navigable following Acts of 1700, 1749, 1803, 1806, 1808 and 1809. Navigation between Hanham Mills and Bath opened in 1727.
For more details see the History page.

Points of Interest of River Avon (Bristol): There is a fast ebb run down towards Netham Dam after the highest spring tides opposite St Anne's Board Mills. Under the conditions it is essential to carry an anchor, so in an emergency craft are not swept onto the Dam.

The tidal Avon

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  • A Journey Down The Bristol Avon , 0 minutes Produced by Heritage Video Films Ltd, Starting in the foothills of the Cotswolds and continuing down through Malmesbury, Tetbury, Bradford-On-Avon, Bath and finally Bristol. Available on tape. Order on video tape from Amazon

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of River Avon (Bristol): Through the Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock: length 324 foot 9 inches, beam 48 foot 10 inches. Through Netham Lock: length 80 foot, beam 17 foot 8 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

River Avon (Bristol): Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Kennet and Avon Navigation Junction

Junction with Kennet and Avon Canal Below Hanham Lock

0

0

N

ST646700

172

Hanham (Former Colliery Wharf)

1.5

0

N

ST634717

172

Conham

1.9

0

N

ST629718

172

Netham Lock No 1

Netham Lock generally has its gates open to feed the City Docks locks and graving docks. It is generally only used against floods and tides that exceed the crest of Netham Dam.

3.5

1

N

ST615727

172

Cumberland Basin Entrance Lock No 2

Bristol

6.5

2

N

ST567724

172

Cliffton Suspension Bridge

6.9

2

N

ST564730

172

Pill

11.1

2

N

ST526761

172

Avonmouth

Junction with River Severn Junction with Avonmouth Docks and the Severn Estuary.

13.1

2

N

ST502787

172

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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