About Chagford Pool

An early morning photograph of Chagford Swimming Pool in Devon

Chagford Swimming Pool is a beautiful, community-run open air, river-fed public pool, set on the banks of the Teign.
The very soft river water is UV treated and filtered with a minimal amount of chlorine to keep it sparkling, healthy and safe. The pool is heated with air source heat pumps supplemented by PV solar panels, which power the hot showers, lights, and Tea shed. Solar covers are rolled out each evening to preserve the water temperature, which we maintain at approximately 26/27 C degrees. 

There is also a very popular toddler pool for under fives complete with toy boats, watering cans, and ducks.

At the deep end there is a grassy area for sunbathing and there are chairs and tables at the shallow end, with parasols. Raised wooden decking flanks each side of the pool.
The pool depth increases from just under a metre at the shallow end to just over 2 metres at it’s deepest. Safety is paramount here, and qualified lifeguards are always on duty.

There are simple snacks and refreshments available……
Teas, coffee etc and soft drinks, also confectionery and savoury snacks such as crisps. We stock a variety of healthy, organic, and mainstream goods, catering for all kinds of tastes. Daily home made cakes and fresh fruit smoothies, and fresh fruit are new for this season. We do not carry bottled water, but are happy to fill your bottles.

You are also welcome to bring your own nibbles or picnics. Please, no glass, thank you 🙂

Child Safety
Children under nine years must be accompanied by an adult.
As per Health and Safety Executive recommendations….One adult should not be responsible
for more than two children under eight, and children under that age should also be directly supervised whilst in the water. 

Please note:
We like to keep non swimming children away from the deep water…..Outdoor pools are very different environments compared to their indoor counterparts where spectators tend to be seated.

So non swimmers are not allowed past the blue line both in and out of the water.


We have a small car park but we have overflow parking in the adjacent farmer’s field. This space is very kindly lent to us by the farmer (our pool is in the middle of his farm!) so please respect this courtesy, and not leave litter or especially not drop cigarette ends which are toxic to his animals. Thank you 🙂

We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible, using as few chemicals, cleaning agents, etc as we are able, whilst maintaining the strict standards demanded by current environmental regulations. We have an environmentally friendly waste processor, installed under the car park in 2017, due to our close proximity to the river. We also recycle as much as we can.