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River Avon
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Course of the Avon
Other name(s) Bristol Avon
Country England
Counties of England Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Bristol
Towns/cities Chippenham, Melksham, Bradford on Avon, Bath, Bristol
Physical characteristics
Main source Acton Turville
Gloucestershire, England
120 m (390 ft)
River mouth Severn Estuary
Avonmouth, Bristol, West of England, England
Length 134 km (83 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 2,308 km2 (891 sq mi)
Tributaries
River system River Severn


The River Avon is a river in the south west of England. To distinguish it from a number of other rivers of the same name, it is often called the Bristol Avon. The name 'Avon' is a cognate of the Welsh word afon, meaning '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 United Kingdom, at 83 miles (134 km), although there are just 19 miles (31 km) as the crow flies between the source and its mouth in the Severn Estuary. The catchment area is 2,220 square kilometres (860 sq mi).

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