GUIDE TO THE RIVER AVON

(Alveston Weir)

NAME OF RIVER: (Warwickshire) Avon.

WHERE IS IT?: Alveston, on the B4086, 2 miles from Stratford.

Map.

PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: "The old bathing place" free car park on the A439 Warwick road.

You can also get to the river at School Lane, Tiddington and at Alveston (over a stile and along a footpath).

APPROX LENGTH: 2.5 miles upstream from the car park.

TIME NEEDED: 40 minutes each way.

ACCESS HASSLES: No problems.

WATER LEVEL INDICATORS:

GRADING: Flat apart from the weir.

MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: A psychopathic swan.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: It's an easy 40 minute paddle up to the main weir with pleasant views and the usual wildlife. The weir is a 5 foot slope at 45 degrees with a lot of towback.
There is a side weir, a gentle slope with a 1 foot drop into a pool.

Pictures of the Weir

Both are OK to play below, but I've never seen anyone shoot them. Paddling up the stream to the side weir is a challenge as it is shallow and rapid with overhanging willows.

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CONTRIBUTED BY: Roger Collier.