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Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods

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Type: Forest

Blow away the cobwebs with a walk or cycle ride in the forestry commission owned woods. There are four way marked walking trails to follow and many other paths weave their way through the 650 acres of scenic woodland. The woods are home to buzzards, dippers, kingfishers and deer. Otters also inhabit the stream here. Why not bring a picnic and relax by the river as children paddle and make dams, or make use of the free BBQs there. Induldge yourself with a cream tea at the Woods cafe where there is a great play area alongside to keep the youngsters amused. Throughout the year there are many events taking place at the woods. Look at the events section of the website for more details.

Cycle Routes:
The 12km Bodmin Beast blue (moderate) grade cycle trail aims to set the benchmark for singletrack trails in Cornwall. Suitable for cyclists with a moderate level of off-road experience and keen mountain bikers, this exciting trail explores the wooded slopes of the Cardinham Valley. You will encounter a number of technical climbs and descents, snaking single track trail and features such as tight bermed corners, small step downs, rollers and table tops. All features can be rolled over at a moderate speed. The trail is exposed to steep unfenced side slopes in places.

Woods Cafe:
This must be one of the most picturesque in Cornwall, set amid the thickly forested slopes of Cardinham Woods only two miles from Bodmin.

The charming centuries-old woodsman’s cottage has a lovely open fire and a welcoming atmosphere. You can enjoy homemade stews, soups, salads and sandwiches depending on the season or just a freshly baked cake or a cream tea if you fancy it!

Contact Details

PL30 4AL

Tel: +44 01208 72577

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018


Key Features

  • Forest Location
  • In countryside

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Open All Year

Road Directions

Directions from Bodmin: Take the A38 towards Liskeard. At the first roundabout take the first exit and follow the brown tourist signs to Cardinham Woods. Go past the crematorium and just after a sharp right hand bend, take the turning on the left signed Cardinham Woods.