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“Mud, mud, mud!”
Review of River Avon

River Avon
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Owner description: This scenic river runs through the center of Bath and offers pleasant walking trails along its banks and boat tours.
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Chances are, if you view the Avon from the viewpoint of the Clifton Suspension bridge, you will see more mud than water. It is not surprising that hundreds of years ago, when the port of Bristol was right in the city, boats were built with flat bottoms so that they could 'sit' on the mud when the tide was out (hence the expression 'Ship shape and Bristol fashion'). But the river makes an impressive sight as it flows through the Avon Gorge. Another great viewpoint is from the 'sea walls'; the green downs adjacent to the bridge.

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Reviewed 11 August 2012

We travelled through Bath en route from Bristol to Devizes on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Very picturesque.

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Reviewed 28 July 2012

The reason this is called the River Avon, along with others in this country of ours, is because the word Avon, in Roman times meant River! Therefore there are numerous River avons' or literally River river! Take the short harbour cruise. very informative and pleasant.

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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Whilst at the Bristol Harbour Festival on Sunday I took a boat trip along the river with my boyfriend and parents aboard the Bristol Packet. The trip lasted about 45 minutes and went as far as the Cumberland Basin and back again. I've therefore only seen a very small part of the river as it stretches for miles.

Aboard the Bristol Packet I learned a few things about the river that I never knew - like the fact that it's tidal in places and has to be controlled to stop Bristol from flooding!

It's full of boats and on Sunday we got to pass The Matthew a couple of times which had just set sail ahead of us.

Unfortunately it is rather brown and filthy-looking but that didn't seem to faze the man who was going along it on a surfboard!

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Reviewed 26 July 2012

By its very nature it is a muddy river but it a most scenic gorge and has some wonderful walks and views

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