River Avon

River Avon

The River Avon flows south west from Northamptonshire through to Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire before linking up to the River Severn in Gloucestershire. It has junctions with the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal at the top of the navigation, and the River Severn at the bottom, to form part of a navigable ‘ring’ that includes the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The Avon Ring

The Avon Ring travels through the heart of England and passes through some of the prettiest countryside and most famous sights in southern England, including the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The ring follows the River Avon from Stratford-upon-Avon, through Evesham to Tewkesbury. At Tewkesbury, it joins the River Severn to Worcester and on to the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. The ring then meanders through Worcestershire and Warwickshire to the outskirts of ​ Birmingham where it joins the Stratford-upon-Avon canal and back to Stratford-upon-Avon. This trip is some 109 miles, including 130 locks and 60 hours cruising, which takes around 10/11 days to complete. Is it possible t

Shakespeare Marina on the river Avon at Stratford

Approximate distances

  • Stratford-upon-Avon Canal (from Bancroft Basin to King's Norton Junction) - 25.5 miles, 55 locks.
  • Worcester & Birmingham Canal (from King's Norton Junction to Diglis Junction) - 24.5 miles, 56 locks.
  • River Severn (at Diglis Junction to Evesham Lock junction with the Lower River Avon) - 16 miles, 1 lock.
  • Lower River Avon (at Evesham Lock to junction with the Upper River Avon) - 25 miles, 7 locks.
  • Upper River Avon (to Bancroft Basin junction of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal): 110 yards 1 lock.
  • Upper River Avon (to the junction with the Lower River Avon): 18 miles 10 locks.