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Winter and Spring Breaks - Discover Chagford

Winter and Spring Breaks - Discover Chagford



Chagford is the perfect place for a winter or spring break, a real jewel tucked away in the heart of Dartmoor.  



With its endearing mix of funky and traditional, Chagford is exceptionally popular with visitors for its charming town square, its wealth of fascinating independent shops, its famous festivals and the undisputed warmth of its welcome.  You will adore the numerous arts and crafts galleries and the traditional general stores that have been trading here for generations. 



Chagford is well known for its host of specialty arts and crafts shops that make a joyful day of pottering for the visitor.  There's a charismatic leatherworker with an in-house leather workshop selling handmade goods in leather, wood, silver and clay.  You'll also find art galleries and professional artists, a shop selling baskets from organically grown willow from Chagford's withy bed, potters and purveyors of furniture, lighting, mirrors, jewelry, vintage and modern quilts, antiques and lots of gifts; not to mention the fashionable clothes shops.



This is an exceptionally good place to discover English history and legend at its best. Chagford has a wonderful character with many beautifully preserved 15th and 16th century buildings including the famous octagonal market house.  A Chagford bride who was shot dead on her wedding day at the local church is believed to have been the inspiration behind RD Blackmore's classic novel Lorna Doone.



It’s also sheer bliss for lovers of food and drink with some seriously top-class restaurants, a range of superb hostelries and some great lunch spots.  Settle down in front of a roaring log fire and enjoy!



There are plenty of great places to stay, with a choice of excellent hotels, a wonderful range of B & Bs plus delightful farm stays to suit every budget. 



Dartmoor itself is, of course, a glorious wilderness with granite tors, sparkling rivers, lots of wildlife and the renowned Dartmoor ponies.  There are some spectacular winter walks and lots to see and do. Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England, sits above the picturesque and ancient Teign Gorge. 



For more about what to do and where to stay in Chagford please visit the exciting new Visit Chagford website www.visitchagford.com