Chagford is a small vibrant town on the north-east edge of Dartmoor, in Devon, close to the River Teign. It is located off the A382, about 4 miles west of Moretonhampstead. This part of Dartmoor enjoys a slightly drier climate, sheltered as it is by the higher moor to the North West, yet it has beautiful lush valleys, rounded hills and peaceful weathered granite tors all around it.
There are a superb range of amenities as well as great access to countryside, moorland and riverside walks. There is a good variety of day to day and specialist shops, as well as some interesting pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants. Dogs were welcome in the pub. Chagford was voted best small town to live in rural Britain in the Spring of 2015 by the Sunday Times.
It is well worth a visit, you can find plenty of really interesting shops to look in, as well as plenty of places for lunch. There are also a couple of really interesting art galleries – well worth a visit. Make sure you go out of season though as parking is limited, the streets are narrow, and access can be difficult. I went early April and there were no problems at all, but I would imagine that in the peak season, July/August, it would be more difficult.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.