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ORIGIN - River Avon - Naseby, Northamptonshire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 23.851 W 000° 59.332
30U E 636831 N 5807155
Quick Description: A marker at the site of the source of the River Avon, just off Welford Road, Naseby.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/16/2019 12:40:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM107RW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 2

Long Description:

The source of the River Avon, just off Welford Road, Naseby. A monument dated 1822 marks the source of the river Avon that eventually flows through the Warwickshire countryside to Stratford on Avon, and eventually into the river Severn.

It’s not easy to find the source today in Naseby, even though it is marked on the modern OS map. You need to peer over a wall into a wood opposite the church and there is the metal monument which stands in a hollow and is capped by a fountain and basin. Apparently it has been dry since the 1950s, which has been attributed to nearby housing development.

"Avon" derives from the British language abona, "river", which also survives as a number of other English and Scottish river names, and as modern Welsh afon ['av?n] and Breton avon, "river".

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The source of the Avon is from a spring near the village of Naseby in Northamptonshire. For the first few miles of its length between Welford and the Dow Bridge on Watling Street, it forms the border between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. On this section, it has been dammed to create Stanford Reservoir. It then flows in a generally west-southwesterly direction, not far north of the Cotswold Edge and through the Vale of Evesham, passing through the towns and villages of Welford, Rugby, Wolston, (bordering Leamington Spa), Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Welford-on-Avon, Bidford-on-Avon, Evesham and Pershore, before it joins the River Severn at Tewkesbury.

The river has a total length of 85 miles (137 km) and a catchment size of 1,032 square miles (2,670 km2). The Avon's tributaries include the Rivers Leam, Stour, Sowe, Dene, Arrow, Swift, Isbourne and Swilgate as well as many minor streams and brooks.

A long distance footpath has been created which follows the river from its source to the River Severn at Tewkesbury. The route is marketed as Shakespeare's Avon Way, and is 88 miles (142 km) long. It uses existing footpaths and tracks to stay as close to the river as is reasonably possible."

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