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Explore Cardinham
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

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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Gruffalo Spotters at Cardinham Woods

Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details about Gruffalo Spotters at Cardinham Woods

Stargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Cardinham Woods this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star! The trail starts by the toilet block and on the Lady vale 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.

Badger Forest School & Outdoor Learning

The Forestry Commission’s exclusive Learning Partner in Cardinham Woods offers educational and family learning sessions in this beautiful woodland environment.

Badger Cubs sessions on Monday and Wednesday mornings 10-11.30 am are for children up to 5 years old and their families.

Children of all ages can enjoy a wild birthday party around a camp fire in the woods, and school holidays mean woodland adventure time at Cardinham Woods!

Preschools and primary schools can also enjoy the woods with curriculum linked education group packages.

For more information you can call 07514 325663 or visit the Badger Forest School Website for more details. 

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 0300 067 5817.  E-mail your completed form or send to West England Forest District Permissions, Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR


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What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

we love cardinham and think you all do a really good job especially the Cafe

Dave, 18/Feb/2017

Having checked out Cardinham Woods on the net for opening hours, which I could not find, I visited the place yesterday to find the whole woods closed. No mention of when it will open. Very poor.

Barry Whitley, 25/Jan/2017

Apologies for this inconvenience. the forest was completely closed for a time for routine felling works.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

I love the cycle trails. I haven't climbed the steep red one in one go yet! Perfect day out except we weren't always sure where we might have to look out safely for horses? Lovely cafe and staff

Charlie, 3/May/2016
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Last updated: 10th March 2017

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  • Barbeque
  • Cycling
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