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The River Avon rises near Naseby, Northamptonshire, and flows a hundred miles through Warwickshire and Worcestershire to join the River Severn on the left bank at Tewkesbury. In the process it passes Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.

Navigation from Tewkesbury to Stratford-Upon-Avon was opened in the 17th century, but over time it felt into neglect. Boating is once again possible as a result of restoration work. The restoration is ongoing and is supported by license fees and donations.

Navigational access is from the River Severn at Tewkesbury or the narrow canal at Stratford-Upon-Avon. The Avon has many meanders and the passage is interrupted by many locks.

Another river named Avon flows into Bristol Channel six miles below Bristol. This river is often called the Bristol Avon. There is also a smaller East Avon, 50 miles long, in Wiltshire.