The River Axe, Grade 1 in normal conditions, is a narrow river that winds through beautiful
countryside ending in an estuary with abundant bird life.
The river Axe is tidal from the sea at Axmouth up as far as the
A3052 road bridge near Boshill cross, Colyford.
This lower part is navigable all year round, though you
should be wary of the bird life when they have young
(e.g. swans with signets can be aggressive).
of the A3052 road bridge the river is not good for
canoeing/kayaking during the fishing season, from March
to October inclusive, as it is very shallow .
We recommend and advise you NOT to canoe on this section
during the fishing season, please. It is a major fishing river whose Clubs
and Members pay a high level of subscription for fishing
rights and abusing this fishing season may affect our future
relationship with these bodies.
During the winter,
with sufficient rain,
a 5.5 mile stretch on which canoeing/kayaking is possible outside the fishing
season (from Whitford Bridge down to the river mouth). Note that there
is no right of way or access over farmland through which the river flows,
except in emergency.
For more detailed information on access contact the River Adviser
whose contact details are in the document below (to download select the
(or select River Axe