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Explore Cann Woods
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

On the east side of Plymouth lies Cann Woods (also known locally as Plym Forest) in the valley of the stunning River Plym.

Entering the wood at the main car park you can walk, cycle or picnic whilst taking in the views and wildlife of this beautiful valley.

Covering an area of some 230 hectares the woods are a prominent feature of the surrounding landscape and are an excellent example of forest management with areas of both coniferous plantation and broad-leaved woodland. The wide rides serve as tracks for cyclists and walkers alike and also provide access to the heart of the wood for forestry vehicles. It is also possible to access a medium distance cycle Sustrans cycle route and neighbouring National Trust land.

Craig Grant Bushcraft / Survival

Based in Cann Woods, the South West’s leading educational Bushcraft and survival provider, Craig Grant, provides courses on basic Bushcraft / survival training, primitive survival skills, wild food, tracking, crafts and more.

Professional Bushcraft outdoor learning sessions and courses for schools, colleges, youth groups, community based projects and private clients can be provided in the South West of England. Craig has worked in all elements of education for a number of years and holds a lifetime of experience in his field, working with all ages, cultures and backgrounds.

 He is a qualified instructor accredited with the Children’s University, and holds a Plymouth City Council “Green Badge”.

Fully insured and first aid trained, with risk assessments in place for each activity, safe working practices are assured.

As an internationally renowned artist and published author, Craig promotes and provides positive outdoor learning experiences for all ages & backgrounds.

“Bushcraft allows all people to become more comfortable within a natural environment.  It enables us to understand the world around us, promotes health and well-being, sustainability and care of our natural environment. Bushcraft includes building relationships based around trust and self-exploration all within a safe working framework” Craig Grant 2009.
For bookings / enquiries please contact Craig on
Website  :    email:
Tel : (01752) 308388 Mob: 07813 005765

Military Experiences

Military Experiences operate military themed bushcraft and survival parties, clubs and training for all age groups at Cann Woods. Children and young adults get a taste of the fun side of military life, building shelters and fires, learning camouflage techniques and sneaking up on people all within a fun, exciting and challenging scenario. Adults get all of that too but with a more...’adult’ twist!

Every event is tailor made to suit the individual needs of the audience and what they want to achieve. Children's Parties may focus on play and excitement, whilst young adults might want to learn more about bushcraft and survival skills and then test themselves. Whereas adults may well wish to do either or both!

Fred Wheatley is the founder of Military Experiences. Having spent a decade as a Royal Marines Commando and then another in the security industry working in hostile environments, he learned a great deal about leadership and what makes teams work. He uses this knowledge and experience to give you, your children and colleagues the best experience in military team games and bushcraft and survival training. Military Experiences is fully insured and he holds up to date First Aid training and Enhanced DBS check.

In addition to his own experience, Military Experiences has team of reliable, trained Associates who are called upon to support events as and when required. They too bring a wealth of experience to table and come from an array of military backgrounds and comprise both commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

To find out more about different services and events, visit  for further information or booking please email: or call Telephone: 01752 863762 Mobile: 07980 086609


What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Cyclist on no cycling paths are a real pain, I walk so I don't get cyclist ringing their paths or shouting coming though , but they don't respect others . If you say anything to them you just get abuse . May be larger signs , on no cycling paths would be good. They ruin a peaceful beautiful walk .

Christina , 12/Feb/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Good but not even mentioned on the FC App and no online maps available.

John, 11/Jan/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

We love Cann woods for cycling, dog walking and tiring out toddlers so they go to bed at night!

Simon, 25/Sep/2015

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Last updated: 17th May 2016

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