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There is so much to do in the Chagford in the Spring, so here are a few ideas to help you plan your trip to Devon this half term.

Explore the great Moorlands, Dartmoor National Park, extending over 953 square kilometres, has been described as the last remaining wilderness in southern England and it’s easy to see why.

-Take a walk, Dartmoor is a walker’s paradise, offering a huge variety of trails that cater for all levels of walker and discovering this magical landscape on foot affords the opportunity to experience the wildlife and natural vegetation that are at home here. A circular route of about 6 miles duration is a good initial hike, Postbridge and Belevor are both circular walks taking in a varied mix of scenery, riverside trails, moorland, woodland, waterfalls and historical remains. Chagford is a great starting point for walkers and one of the most worthwhile walks is the 4.5 miles that takes you to the top of Nattadon Hill, a steep climb but when you reach the summit the view below you is well worth the exertion.

Fly Fishing, Seasonally, the River Teign is packed with wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon, offering some of the finest fishing in the South West. For the experienced fishermen we can point in the direction of the most perfect spots along the river. A choice of river or reservoir fishing is available set against some stunning scenery, from the boulder-strewn water near Castle Drogo to peaceful meadow streams around Chagford.

-Wildlife Spotting, Dartmoor is well known for its ponies roaming free, but this wild natural habitat is home to a vast array of animals, birds, insects and endangered species. The famous Dartmoor ponies are perceived to roam free and wild on the moors, but they are in fact owned by farmers who work the moorland and their health and well being is taken care of all year round. The skies above the moors are home to many birds of prey, watch out for buzzards hunting in pairs or on higher ground the endangered red Grouse may make an appearance.Dartmoor’s Butterfly population continues to thrive on the moors and nearby Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary at Buckfastleigh offers a wonderful opportunity to see many of these delightful species. Otters can be spotted playing in the rivers where if you are lucky you can engage them in a game of hide and seek.

-Visit picturesque villages, Chagford is a historic stannary town, one of only four in Devon, miners traditionally brought their tin here to be weighed and valued. Located above the River Teign on the edge of Dartmoor, the name means "The ford where the gorse grows" and although the Tin Mines are a thing of the past the town continues to be very much a thriving community. Chagford offers a range of eclectic shops and facilities, including two noteworthy emporia that stand side by side: James Bowden & Son and Webber & Sons are both family-run shops in existence for more than a century, known locally as ‘the shops that have everything’ - a day could be easily lost exploring their contents. Its worth noting too that Bowdens houses a small museum of local history. This is also a good location to begin a walk exploring the surrounding moorland and hillsides or take the 3 mile route to historic Castle Drogo, built in the early part of the 20th Century this is a replica of medieval castle set on a rocky crag, well worth the walk.

And many more:-
- Go bird watching
- Try out some horse-riding
- Go cycling across the moors
- Visit the Eden project
- Take a long beach walk