Saltford Weir, Saltford, Bristol, Somerset

A big pull for visitors coming to Saltford is the River Avon; waterways have that effect, not just because they are generally picturesque but also because there’s something very calming about a gentle riverside stroll, or time just sitting on the banks watching the world go by, looking out for wildlife and watching the clouds reflected on the water.

Saltford Weir is one such spot, right next to the lock which operated on the Bristol Avon Navigation between the Kennet & Avon Canal to the Bristol Channel. Standing on the banks of this part of the river are The Jolly Sailor Inn and Saltford Brass Mill; the latter was one of 9 water powered mills on the Avon owned by the Bristol Brass Company in the 19th century.

It’s not unusual to see folk swimming along the river but whether you want to brave it or not is up to you. It’s not a designated bathing area so the water quality isn’t tested by the Environment Agency, and there are storm overflow drains which open into the river (storm drains are known to discharge raw sewerage into watercourses in very stormy conditions). Swimming is not advised at Saltford Weir because the undercurrent is very strong and there have very sadly, been a few tragedies over the years. Best to enjoy the scenery bankside.

All information correct at the time of writing

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