Dunsford Stepping Stones, Dunsford, Dartmoor National Park

Dunsford Stepping Stones, Dunsford, Dartmoor National Park


Downstream of Steps Bridge, spanning the River Teign, are a picturesque set of stepping stones connecting the village Dunsford and the National Trust's Bridford Wood. Whilst these are not named on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map or the Harvey British Mountain Map 'Dartmoor' map, we refer to them as Dunsford Stepping Stones. On local signposts, they are named 'Stepping Stones For Dunsford'.

The stones are reasonably tall but they do get dislodged by the power of the water. For example, on the last occasion we visited in February 2016, one of the stones in the middle of the steps had been pushed forward. Note that there's a ford by the stones. Unless you're walking in the area after a spell of dry weather, we'd recommend crossing the River Teign at Steps Bridge.

We've positioned Dunsford Stepping Stones on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see their location. Some of the stones are just visible on that imagery.

The stepping stones are situated by a path that, roughly speaking, follows the south bank the River Teign in this area. To visit for the first time, we'd recommend wandering down from Steps Bridge car park. From the car park, cross the road and wander down towards Steps Bridge. Very shortly, on the right hand side of the road, you'll see a signpost. Follow the path named 'Stepping Stones For Dunsford' as pictured in our gallery. This path runs above the river as it curls around to the stepping stones. Some sections of the path are next to steep drops so take care. You come to a fence that marks the boundary to private property. Follow the line of the fence and you drop down to another signpost for the stepping stones. The stones are about a hundred metres away from here.