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River Avon
Bristol, Avon Gorge from Clifton Down.jpg
The Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge
Path of the Avon [1]
Native name Lower Avon
Other name(s) Bristol Avon
Country England
Counties of England Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Bristol
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 120 km (75 mi)
  • Location:
  • Minimum rate:
    2.457567 m3/s (86.7882 cu ft/s)
  • Average rate:
    21.98 m3/s (776 cu ft/s)
  • Maximum rate:
    310 m3/s (11,000 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 2,308 km2 (891 sq mi)
  • Left:
    River Malago, Brislington Brook,
    River Chew, Corston Brook,
    Midford Brook, River Frome,
    Paxcroft Brook, River Biss,
    Semington Brook, Cocklemore Brook,
    River Marden, Brinkworth Brook,
    Woodbridge Brook, Tetbury Avon
  • Right:
    River Trym, River Frome (Bristol),
    Siston Brook, River Boyd,
    Lam Brook, Bybrook,
    Gauze Brook
River system River Severn

The River Avon /ˈvən/ is an English river in the south west of the country. To distinguish it from a number of other rivers of the same name, this river is often also known as the Bristol Avon. The name ‘Avon’ is a cognate of the Welsh word afon, ‘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 UK at 75 miles (121 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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