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River Avon, England

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The River Avon is an English river in the south west of the country. To distinguish it from a number of other rivers of the same name, this river is often also known as the Bristol Avon. The name "Avon" is a cognate of the Welsh word afon, "river".The Avon rises just north of the village of Acton Turville in South Gloucestershire, before flowing through Wiltshire. In its lower reaches from Bath to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth near Bristol, the river is navigable and known as the Avon Navigation.The Avon is the 19th longest river in the UK at although there are just as the crow flies between the source and its mouth in the Severn Estuary. The catchment area is.EtymologyThe name "Avon" is a cognate of the Welsh word afon "river", both being derived from the Common Brittonic, "river". "River Avon", therefore, literally means "River River"; several other English and Scottish rivers share the name. The County of Avon that existed from 1974 to 1996 was named after the river, and covered Bristol, Bath, and the lower Avon valley.
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  • The River Avon flows around the town of Bath. It flows under the famous Bartney Bridge. We didn't have much time, so we only had a view from there, but there was a boat cruise at the top of the bridge, so you can take a tour of the Avon River from there.
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  • We walked some distance along the river during our short visit to Bath. One of the places was around Pulteney Bridge. A really wonderful spot. The views are beautiful and in some parts quite calm and ...  more »
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