About River Avon

When Avon's most famous son William Shakespeare was alive, this river transported coal and cargo. Today, the emphasis is on pleasure with narrowboats and cruisers the transport of choice.  The weir at Stratford is a popular summer spot for canoeists and paddlers, while kayak and canoe clubs litter the waterway all the way down to Bristol. 

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal 

At around 25 miles, this canal is the perfect length for a relaxing weekend cruise. The canal starts in Birmingham and stretches south towards Stratford-upon-Avon, where it meets the River Avon. Enjoy the rolling countryside as you cruise pass peaceful watermeadows, the enchanting Forest of Arden and over impressive Bearley Aqueduct, on your way to the birthplace of Shakespeare.

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