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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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Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child trail

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's Child trail

A family choosing their Real Christmas treeChristmas tree sales

This year Dartmoor Christmas trees will be selling a variety of real Christmas trees at Cardinham from 29 Nov. Come along from 9am to 5pm daily until 21 Dec.

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 www.trailmunki.com 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.

Play

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 www.forestry.gov.uk/pass 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 stephanie.johns@forestry.gsi.gov.uk 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

We visited from exeter a month ago on our mountain bikes and loved it and visited again today. We plan to visit from Exe once a month. Fantastic blue route with great switchbacks that holden forest in Exe dosen't offer. What a workout riding up the "hells teeth" hill on the red! Did two laps of it all and got back to Exe and fell alseep!! We love it.

claire, 20/Oct/2014

We visited from exeter a month ago on our mountain bikes and loved it and visited again today. We plan to visit from Exe once a month. Fantastic blue route with great switchbacks that holden forest in Exe dosen't offer. What a workout riding up the "hells teeth" hill on the red! Did two laps of it all and got back to Exe and fell alseep!! We love it.

claire, 20/Oct/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Really enjoyed meeting the gruffalo today and then taking the lady vale walk...... But VERY disappointed with the amount of dog poo I saw on the floor, the lack of dog poo bins and the amount of dogs raining free range.... I myself own 2 dogs which are always on the lead in places like this as you never know what's going to happen..... Overall though had a fab time.

Katy, 27/Sep/2014
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What's Here?

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

Location

OS Grid ref: SX100667

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Contact

West England District
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01594 833057
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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