Stunning riverside walks through a wooded valley on the edge of Dartmoor. Beautiful at any time of year, Dunsford is famous for its wild daffodils in early spring.

Dunsford is one of our best-loved and most beautiful nature reserves. It is an ideal place to begin to explore Devon's wild side.

 

Walk alongside the river Teign as it winds through a steep-sided valley of oak, ash and birch. Look out for kingfishers, goosanders, dippers and otters on the river. Tawny owls, flycatchers and woodpeckers live among the trees. Herds of fallow deer also regularly pass through its wooded valley.

 

Climb to the top of Dunsford for great views and a chance to see fritillary butterflies skimming across the tops of bracken-covered slopes.

 

Dunsford means daffodils

Spring brings lots of visitors to the nature reserve. It's then that Dunsford's woodland floor turns yellow with a spectacular show of wild daffodils - one of Devon's natural wonders.

 

This is a nature reserve with beautiful scenery and a lots of wildlife. No surprise that Dunsford remains a firm favourite with many people.

 

Take your next step...

Dunsford is an excellent place to start to explore the area. Paths lead through the centre of the nature reserve, while a circular walk is possible using an access trail on the opposite bank of the river (not DWT land).

 

If you want a longer walk, the nature reserve joins lanes and footpaths leading along the Teign Valley to Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo. Use Ordnance Survey Map OL28-Dartmoor to plan your trip.

 

 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland
Species
Wild Daffodil, Dipper

Nearby nature reserves

Scanniclift Copse
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Woodah Farm
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Woodah Farm Rural Skills Centre
3 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
East Dartmoor, near Dunsford village
Nr Exeter
Devon
EX6 7EG
Map reference
SX 805 883
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
57.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Wide level paths, muddy in parts. Allow 1.5 hours to walk to one end and back. The climb to top of the nature reserve is steep.
Walking information
Dunsford has level paths which lead you through the reserve (allow 1.5 hours to walk out and back). A circular walk is possible using an access trail on the opposite bank of the river (not DWT land).
Parking
Park in Dartmoor National Car Park at Steps Bridge entrance, or in small lay-by at Clifford Bridge entrance. A regular bus route (Exeter-Moretonhampstead) stops at the reserve.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244
contactus@devonwildlifetrust.org

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