GUIDE TO THE RIVER AVON
NAME OF RIVER: (Warwickshire) Avon.
WHERE IS IT?: Alveston, on the B4086, 2 miles from Stratford.
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.
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.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Roger Collier.
Treat the birdlife with respect; don't go near nests, stay away from overgrown banks and give them a wide berth. Best to pass them on their rear side rather than be in their face.