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Cardinham is a beautiful mixed woodland, popular with local dog walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. Waymarked trails will take you deep into the woods to discover stunning viewpoints and an intriguing history, and Woods Cafe will help you refuel after your adventure.

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We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Sign up online to hear all about our celebrations and find out about our Cardinham Gruffalo trail. 

Walking trails

With four waymarked routes and miles of other tracks to explore, Cardinham Woods offers plenty of opportunities to blow away the cobwebs.

Cycling trails

Enjoy some off-road biking at Cardinham Woods with the 12km Bodmin Beast blue (moderate) trail and two tough red graded trails.

Bikes are now available for hire at Cardinham Woods and there is also a trail tune service and replacement parts available so your visit to Cardinham isn't hampered by mechanical gremlins.  Visit for details including costs.

Food and Drink

If after exploring the forest you are ready for some delicious, homemade food served in beautiful surroundings then make sure you visit Woods Cafe. You may prefer to bring a picnic or even use one of our barbecues.


There's a play area next to the woods cafe, which is an excellent spot to keep young family members amused.

Car Park Charges

Cars cost £2 for up to 2 hours or £3 over 2 hours and minibuses and coaches costs £5 all day. Or why not support Cardinham and save money with a Discovery Pass? A Cardinham Woods Discovery Pass costs £25 for 12 months, and gives you free parking as well as a range of other benefits. Visit to find out more. You can buy your pass online or from Woods Cafe.

Organising an Event

Many organisations and groups contact us to hold events and activities ranging from group walks to cycle races. If you wish to organise an event on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission. We need to check that the event is properly organised, has adequate insurance cover and doesn't clash with other events or forest operations. Please give as much notice as possible, we require at least eight weeks.

Download this application form to hold an event in Cardinham Woods, or alternatively please call us on 01594 833057.  Send your completed form to or send to West England Forest District Permissions, Bank House, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8BA Facebook

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What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

I visited with my disabled husband recently and tried to do the trail that said it was wheelchair friendly. It was very hard work pushing him as the trail had slopes that weren't at all steep but when you're pushing an adult in a wheelchair can be difficult! There were also quite large stone path surfaces which again was hard going. We have hired mobility trampers at other places in Cornwall and wondered if that could be a possibility in the future?!

Otherwise we found the woods a beautiful place to visit and Woods Cafe scrummy!

Yvonne Douglass, 16/Aug/2014

Thanks for your comment and we are sorry to hear you found the surfaces difficult. We do have a tramper which is available for hire from the rangers office. This is part of the Countryside mobility scheme. Please call our rangers to find out more on 01392 834251. We hope to see you again soon.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Great place, loved the biking trails &the cafe was pretty good too. Is the biking trails open on christmas day?

mat, 16/Dec/2013

Please please would you make the cycle and walking trails clearer. I walk my dog up an unsigned walk which is left at the far end of the car park through the barrier where the rocks stones and sometimes machinery are kept, this is a great quite short walk out of the way of walkers and cyclest when the wood are busy, everbody i meet always say how poorly sighposted the walks are.I realy would like to keet this walk just for me.I love these woods and spend 6 out of 7 days here. P.S More pick up poo signs around the walks, some people just don't get it.

jacky, 21/Nov/2013
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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Wildlife


OS Grid ref: SX100667

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01594 833057

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