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