Chagford Town in Devon
Chagford is a small town of about 1,500 people in northeast Dartmoor. It lies close to the River Teign, some 4 miles northwest of Moretonhampstead and 11 miles southeast of Okehampton.
The name Chagford is derived from the word 'chag', meaning 'gorse' or 'broom', and the suffix 'ford' indicates its importance as a crossing place on the River Teign.
Archaeological remains confirm that a community has existed here for at least 4000 years. Chagford first grew rich in the proceeds of the wool trade and later from tin mining in the area. It was made a stannary town in 1305 (where tin was traded). A cattle market in the town survived until the 1980s.
Today Chagford is a thriving community with high property prices, busy streets, and an unusually wide range of shops for a town of this size. It is also known for its vibrant arts community, celebrated through the autumn Chagford Film Festival, the springtime ChagWord literary festival, the annual Wonderworks crafts weekend, and other regular cultural events.
The early 20th century Edwin Lutyens house Castle Drogo lies nearby in Drewsteignton parish, and overlooks Chagford.
Events near Chagford
Dining out near Chagford
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: