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Chagford Swimming Pool Open for Season

Chagford Swimming Pool Open for Season

Opened in 1934, Chagford's beautiful open-air Swimming Pool was hand dug by local residents. It's a very special spot to visit and a huge treat for the whole family.

It's the largest freshwater pool in the south west of England and was built on land entrusted to the town by the Hayter-Hames family. 

The pool is fed by the mill leat, a small stream off the main river, which was originally diverted to power the waterwheel at Rushford Farm.

Nowadays, the water is filtered and a minimal amount of chlorine is added to ensure that families can bathe safely. The temperature of the water is brought up from the original river temperature of only 16 degrees to a much more comfortable 25 degrees through the use of solar covers.

This makes it an afternoon activity once the sun has warmed things up.  There's also a very popular toddlers' pool, complete with toy boats and watering cans plus a delightful grassy area with some chairs and tables for relaxing and sunbathing.  Refreshments are available from the tea shed. Blissful! 

The pool is now open until early September so come along and enjoy the renowned Chagford welcome.


Chagford is an historic Stannary Town in the heart of Dartmoor with a beautiful town centre offering a wonderful selection of independent shops and fine eateries. For more about what to do and where to stay in beautiful Chagford, please browse all our sections on our destination website, designed to give you the best possible experience.