Types of Craft
The bylaws describe the craft in this category as ‘unpowered’ and that they must be ‘fit for river navigation’ (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and rowboats are fit to navigate the river, where as inflatable toys, or home made rafts are not acceptable)
Launch Points and Trips
There are several idyllic launch points along the river – and they can be joined together to easily make a ‘trail’.
Portages and Locks
PLEASE NOTE not all the locks have easy canoe or kayak portage
There are 17 locks along the river that will require portaging. Some of these have designated portage points (with signs) that are easy to portage with all type of craft. However, some of the locks and weirs need to be portaged using the boat moorings adjacent to the locks. These are usually a few feet high, which makes them usable for paddleboard portage, but please be aware that this can be awkwardly high for kayaks.
ANT have been liaising with British Canoeing to set up a series of recognised ‘trails’, with start and finish points at easy to access car parks. ANT are also working through each lock to improve the portage access.
Please feel free to contact us if you are a visiting group – we can give advice on which locks have better portages and help you plan your route.
If you are a visiting group or club please let the ANT office know prior to your visit or activity. You may require an event licence or a commercial licence depending on your plans, even if you are British Canoe members.
Any commercial operators wishing to operate on the Avon, offering lessons, hiring craft or even for a visit, require written consent from ANT prior to operating on the river as well an Avon Navigation Commercial Licence per craft. This is a legal requirement stipulated in the bylaws. Affiliation to any other organisation does NOT cover this requirement on the River Avon. Contact the office for full details and a commercial licence application form.