Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Avon (Bristol)

The Bristol Avon, also known as the Bath Avon, is a great river for canoeing. The river itself winds down a pretty valley in its lower reaches.

There are numerous weirs, and in high levels these are best avoided. Portages are a bit awkward too, so this is best done in medium conditions when the weirs can normally be climbed down at the sides.

Experienced kayakers and even open canoeists will be able to run many of the weirs in the right conditions, but they can be dangerous.

The Kennet and Avon canal runs parallel to the river in many parts, and it is therefore possible to arrange circular routes, going up on the canal and down on the river.

Paddle Point
Batheaston, Bath and North East Somerset, UK

Concrete steps to the river. Fairly easy put-in unless the river is very low.

Paddle Point
Melksham, Wiltshire, UK

Great slipway with parking.
More details can be found here

Paddle Point
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK

Access to the river is at a shallow ford near the Tithe barn. You can paddle downstream (portage a couple weirs) and come back via the Kennet and Avon Canal at the aquaduct before Limpley Stoke.
Parking available at the Tithe Barn

Canoe England produce a useful guide to the Bradford and Avon canoe trail route along the Avon river and the Kennet and Avon canal.

Parking in the car park is Pay & Display, but you can park for free all day in the road leading to the car park - but be there early, as it fills up rapidly after 9am.
Paddle Point
Avoncliff, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire BA15, UK

You can negotiate the weir quite easily using the steps, although it can be quite slippy in parts from the bird muck.
Paddle Point
Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire BA2, UK

You can portage the weir by sticking to the left as you approach and lowering your canoe/kayak down. The rocks are covered in moss and slippery so care needed.

Paddle Point
Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire BA2, UK

Small weir

The middle arch is best to go through to run it, small drop and a bit rocky. The right arch is quite rocky & shallow and grounded my canoe going over it.
Paddle Point
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, UK

The Old Organ Factory,
Cleveland Cottages

01225 585555

Paddle Point
Saltford, Bath and North East Somerset, UK

Popular put in with car park and toilets close by.

There are two paddle points within 30 yards of each other - the one at the end of the car park comprises a concrete slab, but the bank is quite steep and slippy, and the other is level with the middle of the car park, is less steep and is a quite thick old log.
Paddle Point
1 Chome-11 Kamifukubara, Yonago-shi, Tottori-ken 683-0004, Japan

Weir with a shute that is a popular play spot for clubs. Can be portaged on river right via lock (and the pub is worth stopping at).

The landlord of the Jolly Sailor tells me kayaks are always shooting the schute. Wouldn't like to try in without a helmet.
Paddle Point
Bristol, UK


Paddle Point
Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

Seasonal Opening Times, so check first. Serves food, booze, tea, coffee, cakes, ice cream etc

I tend to goto the end of the jetty and pull my canoe out of the water, leaving plenty of space for the harbour trip boats.

Although you can drive here, it's not suitable to start or stop, due to steps and a unadopted road which prefers a 4x4 - use Conham on the other side of the water.


Paddle Point
Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

Caution - this lock is part of the tidal defences for the city of Bristol and is managed by the council. If the tide is high or there has been heavy down fall this lock will be closed and you are very unlikely to get locked thru.

During low tides and low rain fall the lock will be open but closed 'after hours' when the lock keepers go home. See http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/navigation-harbour-and-bridge-clearances for more details