Bodmin, PL30 4AL


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Cardinham Woods, just outside Bodmin, is a beautiful mixed woodland offering a range of activities to suit the whole family and a great value day out.

Cardinham is famed for its walking trails, from easy routes for beginners to longer walks that include steep valley climbs and fantastic views. You can even glimpse the past as you discover the old lead and silver mine of Wheal Glynn.

For little legs and families with pushchairs, there is an easy access trail where you can take part in a fun activity trail that brings popular children’s characters to life. Check the website for the current trail. Ban the holiday boredom and let the kids explore their wild side with Badger Forest School. Offering holiday clubs and regular sessions during term times, your children will have a day of exploration and adventure in the woods, developing their woodland skills, building confidence and making friends. Full information and booking can be found at

Looking for something a bit more exhilarating? Dig out the mountain bike and take on the 12km Bodmin Beast Trail with the option of adding in some extra technical sections.

No visit to Cardinham is complete without trying the delicious homemade food and cakes from the award-winning Woods Café. Family and dog friendly, snuggle by the roaring log fire in winter or lounge outside during the summer while the kids let off steam in the play area. Brought your own food? Take advantage of the large picnic area and static BBQs next to the bubbling stream, perfect for quality family time.

Parking charges:

Peak Times (weekends, school holidays, bank holidays):
Up to 2 hours £3.00.    Up to 4 hours £4.00.   All day £6.00.
Minibus £9.00.   Coach £20.00.

Off Peak ( weekdays in term time only):
Up to 2 hours £2.00.   Up to 4 hours £3.00.   All day £5.00.
Minibus £8.00.   Coach £15.00.

Membership – Regular visitors can save money with a Forestry England membership for Cardinham Woods.  It costs just £32.00 and covers parking for a whole year and access to a range of exclusive benefits and discounts.