John’s Steps Bridge ‘Daffodil Delight’ – Sunday 17th March

Despite the sharp hail shower en route, a group of 15 convened at Steps Bridge today, expecting to see Devon in all it’s glorious colours, particularly the daffodils which famously adorn the fields and hedgerows in this area on the far eastern edge of Dartmoor.

We left Steps Bridge, one of at least two other bands of walkers undertaking a similar walk, all grateful for the sunshine after the wet end to yesterday. One storm after another lately it seemed but today we were in luck as Spring really did appear to be springing !

We climbed steadily through Bridford Wood, taking the path before Leigh Farm to find a tea-spot in the sun – even if it had to be shared with an ant or two (thousand) today.

Our walk then progressed up to Mardon Down where the views were panoramic and after a breather, we headed towards the Headless Cross.  It is also known as the ‘Maximajor’ stone, research reveals it never actually was a cross, It was a megalith, although apparently the current stone is a replacement for the original which was damaged beyond repair by a car.

Our route continued across Mardon to pick up the very steep road down to Clifford Bridge. Many commented that we were grateful to be going down this road, rather than up – it certainly was a long, sharp descent.

We crossed Clifford Bridge, admiring the tumbling Teign below and after following the road a small way turned right into the river valley where daffodils were abundant, showering the green with gold as the sun obliged again for our lunch break.

On through the valley, with The Teign in full spate after the deluge this week providing a scenic companion as we wended our way alongside it towards Steps Bridge again. Around 7 miles completed today and ‘one to repeat‘ as we told John.

Tea was taken in The Walled Garden Cafe in Dunsford who made us most welcome in their covered garden.

Thanks to John for an excellent walk and for ordering the sunshine, just when it was needed.