Wild daffodils growing in the woodland at Dunsford nature reserve

Wild daffodils at Dunsford nature reserve. Photo, Vicki Gardner

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.


East Dartmoor, near Dunsford village
Nr Exeter

OS Map Reference

SX 805 883
A static map of Dunsford

Know before you go

57 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals


Walking trails

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).


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.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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.   


Ash dieback

The disease ash dieback is now widespread in the UK and is present at many of our nature reserves, so we carry out tree felling across our sites in winter months. For your own safety please observe temporary path diversions and closures.

Where possible we will leave affected ash trees in place to decay naturally as an important habitat for wildlife. We plan to only fell diseased ash trees which pose a threat to people or infrastructure. Before trees are felled, we will check whether any rare or protected wildlife is present. If it is, we will postpone or avoid felling these trees. No felling will take place during the bird nesting season.

DWT’s Saving Devon’s Treescapes project are working with communities, landowners and businesses to help make Devon's precious treescapes more resilient in the face of ash dieback. Find out how you can get involved here.


NOTICE: If you are visiting our reserves, please note that there have been instances of H5N1 Avian bird flu found in birds in Devon. There is very low risk to public health, but we do ask that if you come across any unusual or unexplained bird deaths on or near our reserves, please do not touch them and avoid allowing your dog to come into contact with dead birds. Please report them to Defra here or call 03459 335577 and also report your findings to DWT by email at

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

Autumn leaves in the river Teign at Dunsford nature reserve

Dunsford nature reserve. Photo, Dave Chamberlain

An ideal place 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 kingfishersgoosanders, 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.

From the Clifford Bridge entrance climb to the top of Dunsford for great views and a chance to see fritillary butterflies skimming across the tops of bracken-covered slopes.

Recently we've also cut a new path which climbs through Dunsford's woodland to a bench with wonderful views along the Teign Valley - well worth the effort!

Dunsford will be one of the nature reserves to benefit

Dunsford will be one of the nature reserves to benefit

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.

Wild daffodils are much rarer than the garden variety and Devon's woodlands are important strongholds for them in the UK. Please take care of these special places - stick to paths, keep dogs on leads, only take photos home!

Take your next step...

Dunsford is an excellent place to start to explore Devon's beautiful Teign Valley.

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.

Dunsford nature reserve has been been supported by Viridor Credits Environmental Company.

Use this download map and guide to explore Dunsford

Explore our Dartmoor nature reserves: download this leaflet

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