River-fed Chagford Pool open for business

Laura White
Laura White

Chagford Swimming Pool is a beautiful, community-run, open air, river-fed public pool, set on the banks of the Teign. It is heated to a very comfortable 26℃.

The pool is delighted to announce that after weeks of preparation it has managed to open under COVID-19-compliant conditions. It is available for pre-booked, pre-paid, one hour time-slots for adult length sessions (yrs 16+), and a new ‘Bubble Club’ at weekends where up to two families can book a lane for an hour. All sessions are bookable via its website www.chagfordpool.co.uk.

It is now more important than ever to support Chagford Pool as Treasurer Ian Lear explained to The Moorlander: “We normally open for around 100 days and this year we will be open for about half of that, so you could say we’ve lost at least £32k in income.

‘We incurred in excess of £12.5k of costs this year even before we opened. The pool has to be maintained even when closed and obviously some of those costs were as a result of having to implement COVID-19 measures. Fortunately, we received a £10,000 rates grant from West Devon Borough Council. Sales are lower than normal because of the COVID-19 rules put in place. They are picking up but we are probably only breaking even on the costs to open; we are unlikely to be able to cover the full annual costs that will be incurred.”

Preparing the pool to be safe during these times has been a significant challenge for the pool’s management and volunteer team. A huge effort has been required to be able to open and Chagford Swimming Pool stands in solidarity and support for all local lidos. Bovey Tracey, Chudleigh, Dartington and Tinside Plymouth have all managed to reopen. On your visit, you will be asked to come ‘beach ready’, as the changing rooms and showers are not available. To ensure social distancing, there is a one-way system in place around the pool.

You will be given a designated square for your belongings, and instructed on where to enter and leave the water. There is a toilet available. For the time being, the café shed will remain closed.

Despite these necessary measures, it is well worth a visit. Lifeguards are on-hand to ensure two metres of separation is followed within the pool and although diving, ‘bombing’ and splashing aren’t allowed, returning swimmers have said how grateful they are to the whole team that they are able to come and swim lengths in this outdoors, tranquil Dartmoor setting.

Come and enjoy this river-fed heated pool by booking online via the website

The team look forward to seeing you and would like to thank Ken from Save Time Web Design who has worked tirelessly to get the online booking system up and running.

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