The River Axe is river which runs through Dorset, Somerset and Devon. It rises in Dorset near Beaminster before flowing west. It then flows south by Axminster where it joins the English Channel at Axemouth.
The 22-mile river is thought to get its name from the Latin take on the Brittonic word “isca”. This translates either as ‘water’ or ‘abounding in fish’.
Much of the river is designated as a site of special scientific interest with a range of aquatic life to be marvelled at. There are regular otters to keep an eye for as you enjoy your paddle.