“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

Chagford Swimming Pool



Chagford Swimming Pool is a beautiful, community-run, open air pool set on the banks of the river Teign. Rolling green hills surround this magical 1930s lido which is situated about half a mile outside Chagford on the Two Moors way. The soft river water that fills the pool is UV treated and filtered with a minimal use of chlorine to keep it sparkling, healthy and safe. The water is heated with air source heat pumps and PV solar panels, which also power the hot showers, lights and our Tea Shed. Solar covers are rolled out each evening to preserve the water temperature, which is maintained at approximately 27 °C.

Young pool users are well catered for with a delightful toddler pool complete with toy boats, watering cans and ducks.

At the deep end there is a small grassy area bordered with wild flowers, perfect for relaxing with a book, socialising with friends or soaking up a few rays. There are plenty of chairs and tables at the shallow end with parasols to give shade on hot days. Raised wooden decking flanks each side of the pool to provide further seating.

The pool depth increases from just under one metre at the shallow end to just over 2 metres at its deepest. Qualified lifeguards are always on duty and constantly vigilant when the pool is open; safety is our top priority.

Our charming Tea Shed serves hot and cold drinks (2pm – 5:30pm), cakes and a variety of other sweet and savoury snacks. We do not sell bottled water but we are always happy to refill your bottles. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy at the poolside although we ask you not to bring any glass bottles, to clear up after yourselves and to respect the rule that alcohol is not permitted on the premises.

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