A small but charming town, Chagford has a community that really takes care of itself and anyone that happens upon it. It’s definitely worth a detour to spend some time enjoying its much loved and historical church, interesting independent shops and great selection of places to eat at, and make sure to wander down some of the quieter streets, as there are some characterful buildings and quirky back alleys.
Beautifully situated between the pleasant wooded valley of the North Teign River and the wild expanses of the high moor, the ancient community of Chagford was one of four Stannary towns (a town from which the tin mining industry was governed) around Devon. Although tin mining no longer takes place on Dartmoor, the town is still thriving, and the festivals (both music, literary and film themed festivals) that take place during the year are indicative of this.
With an impressive offering of high-quality accommodations, Chagford serves as a great base from which to explore Dartmoor. One can access The Moors on foot from here, although a car is essential if one wishes to explore more extensively.