Chagford

Chagford, Dartmoor, Chagford, Devon

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Chagford Town Centre
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  • Chagford Town Centre with view of Dartmoor hills
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  • Chagford Church
  • Chagford Market House
  • Chagford Town Centre Pubs and Cafes
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  • Chagford Town Centre with views of Dartmoor
  • Chagford Town Centre Phone Box and letter Box
  • Chagford Town Centre
  • Chagford Town Centre with views of Dartmoor
  • Chagford Church and Cemetery
  • Chagford Church and Cemetery
  • Chagford Church and Cemetery
  • Chagford Town Centre with views of Dartmoor

Sitting within the heart of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, Chagford stands as a picturesque market town with a rich history, charming architecture, and a vibrant community. Surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Dartmoor, this quaint town offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Visitors to Chagford find themselves immersed in a welcoming atmosphere where cobblestone streets wind through historic buildings, creating a timeless ambiance that captures the essence of Dartmoor living.

History of Chagford

Chagford's history dates back to medieval times, and evidence of its past is woven into the fabric of the town. The Church of St. Michael the Archangel, with its commanding presence, reflects centuries of history, while the traditional market square is a testament to Chagford's role as a market town dating back to the 13th century. Over the years, Chagford has evolved from a bustling market hub to a sought-after destination that seamlessly blends its historical charm with a contemporary allure.

Things to Do in Chagford

Chagford offers a plethora of activities for visitors seeking both relaxation and adventure. Explore the ancient stone circles at Scorhill, hike the scenic Teign Gorge, or embark on a leisurely stroll along the River Teign. The town's eclectic mix of shops, including galleries, boutiques, and artisan stores, provides a delightful shopping experience. For a cultural immersion, visit the Chagford Film Festival or the Chagword Literary Festival, both attracting enthusiasts from near and far.

Chagford is also home to a vibrant market of local produce, artisan crafts, and the lively community spirit of this historic town. Held regularly in the traditional market square, it offers a charming array of stalls, featuring everything from fresh produce and handmade goods to antiques. Visitors can explore the eclectic mix of offerings, meet local vendors, and immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere. Chagford Market provides a unique opportunity to experience the authentic flavours and talents of Dartmoor, making it a must-visit for those seeking a taste of the region's rich heritage and creative energy.

Events in Chagford

Throughout the year, Chagford hosts a range of events that reflect its dynamic community spirit. The Chagford Show, an agricultural extravaganza, showcases the region's farming heritage. The Two Moors Festival brings classical music to historic venues, creating a harmonious blend of culture and history. Additionally, the annual Chagford Film Festival draws film enthusiasts to enjoy a diverse selection of cinematic works in a unique and intimate setting.

Food & Drink in Chagford

Chagford boasts a delectable culinary scene with a variety of cafes, pubs, and restaurants offering locally sourced and artisanal delights. Indulge in Devonshire cream teas, savour the flavours of freshly caught seafood, or enjoy a pint of locally brewed ale in one of the town's historic pubs. Chagford's eateries are not just places to dine; they are experiences that celebrate the region's gastronomic treasures.

Something a Little Different

For something off the beaten path, consider joining a local workshop or class. Chagford hosts various creative and wellness activities, from pottery workshops to yoga retreats. Embrace the tranquil Dartmoor surroundings and discover your creative side or embark on a journey of self-discovery in this unique and inspiring setting. Chagford is also home to a community re-use centre, an Aladdin’s cave of pre-loved treasures, perfect for those seeking out a unique bargain.

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Chagford offers a captivating blend of history, nature, and culture, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a quintessential Dartmoor experience. Whether exploring its historic landmarks, participating in local events, savouring culinary delights, or engaging in something a little different, Chagford welcomes visitors with open arms and promises an unforgettable stay in the heart of Devon's picturesque countryside.

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Parking & Transport

  • Car Parks

Towns & Villages

  • Church
  • High street with Independent shops
  • Public telephone
  • Village shop

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Getting to Chagford by car is a straightforward and picturesque journey, especially considering its location in the heart of Dartmoor. It's approximately 20 miles southwest of Exeter and 40 miles northeast of Plymouth. From Exeter, take the A30 westbound, then the A382 towards Moretonhampstead. Visitors can use public parking areas in the village, but should be mindful of narrow lanes and follow parking regulations.

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Public Transport Directions

By Train: The closest train station are Okehampton and Exeter, from here you'll need to catch a taxi or the bus to Chagford.

By Bus: 

- Stagecoach 173 from Mortonhampstead to Exeter

- Country Bus 178 from Okehampton to Newton Abbot

 

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