Cardinham Woods

A man and woman walking along a forest road with a small white dog
Stone cafe building surrounded by trees with tables and parasols in front
Sun shining through the trees
A Lady in a green jumper helps a little boy blow on a toasted marshmallow
Three people cycling along a forest road
Panorama of the valley of Cardinham Woods
A stone clapper bridge over a stream
Two mountain bikers cycle over a rough track
Cardinham Woods
PL30 4AL
Dog Friendly
Cardinham Woods is one of the Cornwall's hidden gems

Nestling in a beautiful valley with a bubbling stream, Cardinham Woods is open 364 days a year and is bursting with opportunities to explore.

If you’re looking to entertain the family, get active, rediscover your connection with nature, or just make unforgettable memories, look no further than Cardinham Woods.

Cardinham Woods is set in the heart of Cornwall, nestling in a beautiful valley with a bubbling stream, stunning viewpoints, and fascinating history. With easy parking, toilets, and an on-site cafe, there is no excuse not to explore the forest at any time of year!

Entertain the family at Cardinham Woods

Stroll along the streamside Lady Vale Walk and linger at the remains of the clapper bridge, or set out deeper into the forest for a more challenging hiking adventure. If a whole forest to explore isn’t enough, don’t worry – we’ve got plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. Get stuck into the play area outside the cafe or discover the minibeast heroes of the forest with the Superworm activity trail. Activity packs are available from the Ranger’s Hut for £3.50. For a totally unforgettable forest experience, check out Badger Forest School’s holiday activities and bespoke birthday parties.

Find your peace at Cardinham Woods

Explore the wider forest with one of our walking trails. The Lady Vale Walk is shared between walkers and beginner cyclists, with beautiful colours to enjoy. For a more immersive forest walk, choose from the waymarked Callywith Wood Walk, Deviock Trail, Wheal Glynn Walk and Lidcutt Loop, or make up your own route. Visitors with reduced mobility can explore the forest with our off-road mobility vehicle, available to hire via the Countryside Mobility scheme. Our easy-to-use scooter can tackle forest terrain come rain or shine.

To burn off some energy, bring your bikes to work up a sweat. Beginners and gentle cycling are welcome on the Lady Vale Walk. Confident off-road cyclists will love the Bodmin Beast mountain bike trail.

Eating and drinking at Cardinham Woods

After your forest adventure, refuel at Woods Cafe. You’ll be spoiled for choice with delicious homemade light bites, locally made cakes, and hot and cold drinks. Or bring your own picnic to enjoy in your favourite spot. There are picnic areas in the meadow near the car park, and halfway along the Deviock Trail (steep climb). To help us prevent wild fires, please never light a BBQ or fire in the forest.

Accessibility at Cardinham Woods

Cardinham Woods aims to cater for every interest and ability with trails of varying length and gradient, accessible parking and toilet, mobility hire, and staff training. Read our full accessibility guide or contact our friendly team for help and information.

Dogs at Cardinham Woods

Dogs love Cardinham Woods with exciting sights smells to explore and plenty of shade and a stream to paddle in on hot summer days. The woods are surrounded by farmland and sensitive livestock, so please keep dogs in sight at all times and on a lead if they don’t return when called. For happy times and waggy tails, please check out our guidance for dogs in the forest.


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