Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

High moors and stunning wooded valleys in the north east section of Dartmoor National Park

Huge numbers of holidaymakers visit the National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust) every year. Stand on its terrace and you'll see Dartmoor's high moors rising above hilly, wooded countryside. At the foot of one of these hills, in this gentler landscape, is the National Park gateway town Chagford.

Dartmoor consists of two high moorland plateaus to the north and south separated by a dip in the centre of the National Park. Chagford sits on the edge of the northern moorland plateau. Rivers flow from the high ground and cut stunning wooded valleys on the fringe of the moors. One such river flows past Chagford into one of Dartmoor's finest wooded valleys. The town is in a magnificent location.

Chagford regularly appears in the national press as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. With plenty of places to eat and drink and several luxury hotels in the local area, Chagford is a super place in which to base yourself for a holiday. Reasonably close to the northern border of the Park and A30, it's also very easily accessible for weekend breaks.

 

Why holiday or weekend break around Chagford?

To help you choose Chagford, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Cafes, pubs and restaurants

In the scheme of things, Chagford is a small place but it's packed with cafes and pubs and there are plenty of high quality restaurants in the surrounding area.

Pubs/inns include the Three Crowns Inn and The Globe Inn.

Cafes include The Birdcage, The Courtyard Cafe and The New Forge Cafe and Restaurant.

The restaurants at Mill End Hotel, Gidleigh Park and Bovey Castle are a short drive away.

 

Shopping

The labyrinthine James Bowden & Son Hardware & Moorland Centre (Webber & Sons now shut) is superb and seems to sell everything under the sun. The deli, dairy, butcher and wine merchants cater for foodies. Also browse art, craft and clothes shops.

 

Meldon Hill

Climb Meldon Hill. Chagford's in the shadow of Meldon Hill and there's a steep path to its summit. The views are extraordinary and you're likely to see Ponies on Dartmoor.

 

The National Trust's Castle Drogo

Visit the National Trust's Castle Drogo (National Trust). The last castle to be built in England, it's a fascinating place with top views of north Dartmoor and the Teign Gorge (National Trust).

 

Teign Gorge

Walk the Teign Gorge (National Trust) to Fingle Bridge and Fingle Bridge Inn. This is one of Dartmoor's finest walks and will take about three hours from Chagford. See our Chagford, Teign Gorge and Fingle Bridge Circular Walk listing for details.

 

Stone Lane Gardens and Sculpture Exhibition

Visit the superb Stone Lane Gardens and Sculpture Exhibition near Castle Drogo and the Teign Gorge.

 

Walking on the high moors

Chagford provides great access to the north east section of Dartmoor's high moors.

Head up to Batworthy Corner for Kestor Rock and Scorhill Stone Circle.

If you want a big walk, yomp to Hangingstone Hill which is the third highest tor/hill in Dartmoor behind High Willhays and Yes Tor.

 

Fernworthy Forest and Fernworthy Reservoir

Visit Fernworthy Forest and Fernworthy Reservoir and walk its shores. A road climbs from Chagford to Fernworthy Forest and Reservoir. It's a stunning place, especially in Autumn. Try the Fernworthy Reservoir Circular Walk.

Also walk through Fernworthy Forest to Sittaford Tor.

 

Dartmoor's prehistory

Dartmoor is internationally famous for its prehistoric sites. Spinster's Rock is a must.

Explore Chagford Common around Kestor Rock. You'll find Shovel Down Stone Rows and Scorhill Stone Circle.

Hurston Ridge/Chagford Common Stone Row is a remarkable stone row in the local area.

 

Swimming

In warmer months, there's the outdoor swimming Chagford Swimming Pool (Outdoor) to enjoy on the outskirts of town. It's also fun to wild swim in the River Teign. Note that swimming is not permitted in Fernworthy Reservoir.

 

Major Dartmoor attractions

These include The Miniature Pony Centre, Canonteign Falls, Becky Falls Woodland Park and the National Trust's Lydford Gorge (National Trust).

The National Trust's Finch Foundry (National Trust) and English Heritage's Okehampton Castle (English Heritage) are great.

To learn more about Dartmoor, we'd recommend you head for Princetown National Park Visitor Centre and Okehampton's Museum of Dartmoor Life.

 

Local towns and villages

Try the pretty village Drewsteignton.

To the south east is Moretonhampstead.

To the north west are Belstone and Okehampton.