Avoncliff is a small, picturesque village of less than thirty homes and a pub, nestling in the Limpley Stoke Valley, one and a half miles from Bradford on Avon. At this point, the Kennet and Avon Canal crosses the River Avon and the railway line by the Avoncliff Aqueduct, one of the most impressive structures on British Waterways. It was built by John Rennie and John Thomas, between 1797 and 1801. It is 100 metres long and 18 metres wide.
Surprisingly, the village has a railway station, Avoncliff Halt, with trains operated by First Great Western. At one time, it was a request stop, hence the name. Next to the Avoncliff Aqueduct on the towpath, is the Cross Guns pub, dating from the 15th century, with a lovely terraced garden leading to the River Avon. Its name is derived from the rifle range built in the 18th century beside the pub, when the Wiltshire Rifle Volunteers Regiment was formed.
Where in England is Avoncliff, Wiltshire
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