GUIDE TO THE RIVER AVON
NAME OF RIVER: Avon.
WHERE IS IT?: South Devon.
PUT-INS/ TAKE-OUTS: Put in at Bantham. There is a slip of sorts a quay. There is public access to the river here. Best to park in the car park provided by the Evans Estate. Parking info here - http://www.banthamdevon.co.uk/info/index.html
I put my canadian canoe on its trolley to move it from the car park down the steep access track to the river. Take out here as well. I would recommend to go up the river on the flood to return on the ebb, so consult your tide tables.
APPROX LENGTH: 4 miles up to the first weir.
TIME NEEDED: Say 4 hours up down at a leisurely pace including a stop at the weir for an hour before returning on the ebb.
ACCESS HASSLES: At Bantham its public access.
WATER LEVEL INDICATORS: See tide tables. Plan to be at the weir by high water.
MAJOR HAZARDS/ FALLS: Strong tidal stream 2 to 3 knots. Beware of wind over tide as this will cause steep waves. Look out for water ski club half way up the river, there are buoys marking the course.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Lower half of the river the water is very clear, but becomes murky in the upper reaches. The scenery consists of woody shores with plenty of beaches to stop if required. The upper reaches, to the village of Aveton Gifford consist of reedy saltings. Past the road bridge over the B3197 the scene is more pastorial. I ventured over the weir for a quarter of a mile or so to explore. Plenty of water there, but no idea if its private access or not.
OTHER NOTES: Opinion; very pleasant on a sunny day. Fairly remote, not many others around. Other creeks off the river to explore.