A hidden gem on Dartmoor's northern edge
Lying on the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park, the attractive town of Chagford is a special place to base yourself for a trip to Devon. The traditional stone cottages, thatched roofs and its fine 15th century church, the Church of St Michael the Archangel make a stroll around more than worthwhile, plus its good eateries and pubs provide a nice spot for refreshments and children will love a summer dip in the outdoor Chagford Swimming Pool.
One of four stannary towns in Devon (along with Ashburton, Tavistock and Plympton) that controlled the use of tin, Chagford also became prosperous thanks to exporting locally produced wool. It’s now renowned for artistic endeavours, including the Chagford Film Festival, which has attracted Oscar winners to this most rural of locations.
The town hosts the Chagford Show each August; the one-day agricultural show celebrates the best of country life and is renowned for being a favourite among Dartmoor farmers. Just three miles from the town stands the imposing National Trust property Castle Drogo, designed by Lutyens and standing impressively over the beautiful Teign Valley.