About 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, 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.
We have a small car park and sometimes the use of an adjacent overflow car park (after the hay has been cut). This field is kindly lent to us by a local farmer. It is important to respect this generous gesture and ensure that no litter or cigarette ends are dropped which are harmful to animals.
The car park is free for pool users, donations are welcomed.
Children under nine years of age must always be accompanied by an adult. One adult should not be
responsible for more than two children under eight and children of that age should be directly supervised whilst in the water.
We like to keep non swimming children away from the deep water so non swimmers are not allowed past the blue line, both in and out of the water.
We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible, using as few chemicals and cleaning agents as possible whilst adhering to the strict standards demanded by current environmental regulations. Our water heating system and other power is generated by our air source heat pump and PV solar panels, which keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. We have an environmentally friendly waste
processor, installed under the car park because of our close proximity to the river. We do not use disposable crockery or cutlery in our Tea Shed and always recycle as much as we can. We believe that your swim at Chagford Pool will be one of the most environmentally friendly in the country.
A Brief History of Chagford Pool
Local residents dug out Chagford Swimming Pool by hand on land entrusted to the town of Chagford by the Hayter-Hames family. The pool, which is situated about half a mile outside the town was opened in 1933. Should it ever cease to be a public pool, the land would revert to the family. It is the largest open-air, freshwater pool in the southwest being fed from the river Teign. This historic beautiful community pool is managed by a committee of volunteers.
The water reaches the pool via a mill leat (a small man made stream diverted from the nearby river), which originally powered the water wheel at Rushford Farm. The site was once an apple orchard and the mill pond for the farm. The need for a pool arose when local children swimming in the river scared the fish and disturbed the fishermen just downstream. In the early days the pool had a mud bottom and the water was unfiltered. Several times each season, the local fire brigade would use their practise nights to pump it out and refill it from the river. Senior locals can remember that fish in the pool were a common sight
Pool Safety Rules
All swimmers must have pre-booked via our website and bookings will be checked on arrival.
Please shower before coming to the pool (our showers are currently closed due to Covid safety regulations.
Due to Covid there are currently no changing facilities so please come to the pool 'beach ready'.
The tea shed is currently closed due to Covid.
Please respect the 2m distancing with any other pool users not in your bubble.
We expect all swimmers to be considerate of all other pool users. Please make sure your children are familiar with the code of conduct before arriving.
Your booked time includes changing time so please leave enough time to change promptly and vacate the pool so the lifeguards have time to clean thoroughly before the next session.
Please respect others and follow the lifeguards instructions, thank you.
How Can You Help?
Chagford Pool is managed and run by a committee of volunteers and a dedicated team of friends who constantly seek to raise enough funds to keep it viable as a community asset. This unique and historic pool is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Please help us preserve it for future generations to enjoy.
How can you help?
Swim here as often as you can/buy a season ticket
Join in with working parties to help maintain the pool
Join the committee
Organise a fundraising event
Help at a fundraising event
Tell us if you have skills and are happy to donate your time e.g. builder, handy man/woman, painter and decorator, gardener, cake baker for our events
We would love to hear from you!