The Avon (also known locally as the Aune) originates 475 metres above sea level near Ryder’s Hill on Dartmoor.
Along its 23-mile length it passes near or through South Brent, Avonwick, Loddiswell and Aveton Gifford before reaching the sea between Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. There is a seasonal passenger ferry which connects a circular walk along both sides of the Avon between Bantham and Aveton Gifford which is 4.5 miles inland and where the river is bridged.
The Avon estuary is part of the South Devon AONB and the South Devon Heritage Coast. Close to its source on Dartmoor the river has been dammed to form the Avon Reservoir, an important source of water for the region.
The Avon is a favourite with canoeists, kayakers, fishermen, wildlife enthusiasts, walkers and wild swimmers.