The Telegraph’s travel journalists ranked the towns in Britain based on the pleasantness of their shop fronts, historic architecture, low traffic, low litter, stunning views and greenery, all of which gives it a score out of 50. Chagford, which is located on Dartmoor received a score out of 44/50. Travel expert, Mark Stratton, described the town as: “This delightful, small Dartmoor stannary town, forged during the tin mining era, fuses a village ambience with a flourishing independent retail and food scene. Located by the fledgling River Teign, the town’s heart is an attractive square of whitewashed granite buildings hosting shops, cafes and four pubs, overlooked by a square-towered church built in 1261.
“It’s accessibility to the surrounding moorland and oak woodlands offer great hikes, especially an enchanting stroll down the river Teign where I’ve seen kingfishers flash by…. Word of warning though, the only catch, really, is that Monday morning’s traffic jam can be epic when the bin lorry is in town.”
The article went on to recommend walkers head to Meldon Hill for the views and to stay at Gidleigh Park Hotel, which is located nearby.