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Cardinham Woods is a hidden gem, nestling in a beautiful valley with a bubbling stream. The mixed woodland offers a range of waymarked walking trails, mountain biking, and family-friendly play and picnic areas.  Discover stunning viewpoints and evidence of the area’s fascinating history with remnants of the old mine and traditional clapper bridge.

Waymarked walking routes make the most of Cardinham’s beautiful surroundings with well-maintained trails for all abilities. Choose an easygoing stroll along the valley bottom, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, or strike out up the slopes for a challenging hike.  Several of the walking trails can be accessed by Tramper – an off-road mobility scooter available to hire.

Mountain biking
Get your adrenalin fix on the blue grade Bodmin Beast mountain bike trail that winds around the wooded slopes of the Cardinham Valley.  Two optional red sections can be added to test your technical skills.

The whole woodland is a playground.  But if that isn’t enough, enjoy our dedicated play area and family activity trail. Check the website for this year’s trail. See news about the latest trail, celebrating the Gruffalo’s 25th Birthday!

Recharge at Woods Café with a scrumptious seasonal menu, including vegan and gluten free options.

Outdoor learning and birthday parties
The experienced team at Badger Forest School offers hands-on learning in the great outdoors through regular school sessions, holiday clubs, family sessions and birthday parties.

Dogs at Cardinham Woods
Dogs love the forest and all its sights, sounds, and smells.  There is drinking water and a self-service dog wash in the car park, and the stream is the perfect paddling spot on a warm day.  Cardinham Woods is surrounded by grazed farmland with vulnerable livestock, so we ask you to keep all four-legged family members in sight at all times and use a lead if their recall isn’t reliable.

Accessible Cardinham Woods
We are continually working to improve access to Cardinham Woods.  For help planning your visit, please contact our team on 01208 76787 or  Our Tramper is available to hire through the Countryside Mobility scheme.  We advise pre-booking to ensure that the Tramper is charged and a ranger is available to deliver a brief safety induction.

View the full accessibility guide for Cardinham Woods.

Please visit the Cardinham Woods website for opening times and parking charges