Dunsford is almost unrivalled in its wide range of plants and animals. This is largely due to the great mixture of habitats within its 57ha: large areas of oak, with ash and hazel dotted with grass clearings, bracken-covered slopes and a series of exposed rocky outcrops. In spring there is a spectacular display of wild daffodils. The reserve has been leased by the Devon Wildlife Trust since 1965 and is now owned by the National Trust.

A footpath and bridlepath run along the valley floor, from Steps Bridge to the Clifford Bridge entrance, as well as a number of other smaller paths running alongside the river. It will take you about an hour to walk from one end of Dunsford to the other. While a circular route is not really possible, you can use the main track in one direction and the riverside footpath in the other. The main track is flat and has a well made, smooth surface

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There are two entrances, one at Steps Bridge, the other not far from Clifford Bridge. The former lies on the Dunsford to Moretonhampstead road about 3 miles (5 km) from Moretonhampstead. Park in the Dartmoor National Park car park next to the Steps Bridge tea rooms. The reserve entrance is just past Steps Bridge itself, on the Exeter side of the bridge. For the opposite end of the reserve take the road from Dunsford towards Clifford Bridge and Clifford Cross. The reserve entrance is on the southern side of the road, half a mile from Boyland Farm.


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