Shhhh….don’t tell everyone about this gem of a place! For Chagford really is quite special and somewhere we are sure you will want to return to.
Nestled amongst the hills on the NE side of Dartmoor with easy access to the A30, Chagford boasts a microclimate which gives it more sunshine and drier weather than the western side of the moor.
The small town circles around its octagonal Market House fondly called the Pepperpot, and in short walking distance you will discover many fine old granite buildings, the beautiful church of St Michael and a wealth of unusual independent shops and art galleries.
You will be spoilt for choice for eating with most places using local and organic food; there are boutique hotels, much loved local pubs and inns, several tearooms, cafes and a wonderful delicatessen.
For walkers and nature lovers there are miles of open moorland to explore with its stone rows and circles, clapper bridges and ancient dwellings etc, or for a contrast the beautiful River Teign which meanders around the village and on through the Teign Gorge overlooked by Castle Drogo owned by the National Trust and on to the beauty spot of Fingle Bridge. There is also the tranquillity of Fernworthy reservoir.
For those seeking peace and quiet and an escape from the hustle and bustle or a quieter pace of life Chagford is ideal, but it also has plenty going on with its famous festivals such as the Chagstock music festival, Chagford Film Festival and Chagword Literary Festival. It even boasts a wonderful heated open air swimming pool fed by the River Teign.
Chagford is often called the friendliest place on Dartmoor. So do come along and see for yourself, you may never want to leave!
There is always something on in or around Chagford, from exhibitions to festivals. Check out the calendar to see what events are coming up soon! We also have four big annual events listed below.
The unique Chagford Film Festival continues to go from strength to strength. For the next festival we’ve got another amazing line-up of eclectic films, special guests, quirky events and hands-on workshops to suit all ages and tastes.
Chagword aims to establish Chagford as a focus of literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, and providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways.
Chagword will promote, encourage and develop participation in all aspects of the literary arts in Chagford, across all sections of the community and all age ranges.