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Explore Cann Woods
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.

Cann Woods Segway Tours

Segways have arrived at Cann Woods!
Explore the woodland as you glide effortlessly on these Eco-friendly personal transporters.

Find out more and book.

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?

1 Star 1 Star

It's a shame all the nice trees have been cut down! The loggers have left loads of good wood, that I suppose will go to rot. There are many of log piles already that have grown moss and rotted away into the undergrouth. Sell it or give people a licence to collect to pay for the paths. Don't just cut to rot!

M dyer , 17/Apr/2017

Sorry for the delayed response. As a result of all of the tree harvesting this year we have removed approx 11000 tonnes of timber. This is part of the natural cycle of forest management and in the longer term Cann woods will and has been replanted with Broadleaf trees restoring the balance of this ancient woodland. Some of the old stacks of wood that you may see lying around the forest have been deliberately left as habitat piles, as deadwood provides an important habitat for wildlife.

Forestry Commission Response

The state the forest has been left in following the recent tree harvesting is atrocious. There is litle to no area that has been left unaffected by the large machinery used. The tracks of mud left are knee deep in areas and most of the normal woodland walks are in passable due to stripped branches and left over logs. What is happening once the harvesting is complete? Is the forest being revisted with a team to rectify the damage or is it down to nature to recover itself? Everyone I meet whilst out walking in the vicinty seems to be dismayed at the destruction the latest harvest has left the forest in. Please post on FB page or in the local area to clarify what is happening.

King regards


Carl, 27/Mar/2017

Many apologies for the delayed response. Forestry works that are carried out over the winter period can leave the access tracks in a poor condition but as the site signage indicated the tracks would be re-instated after the works were completed. Although the felling looks extensive throughout the woodland, this is because the tree species are diverse and the located in different pockets of the woodland. This means although it is a lovely place to walk and cycle in, the contractors vehicles have to travel over more ground to access the particular trees they are harvesting. Most of the tracks have now been re-instated and we are very sorry for the temporary inconvenience this has caused to a number of you.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

thank you so much for making the road and entrance to cann woods great its such a shame that it deteriorates so quickly ,must be people racing their cars around the tracks . Again thank you !

r madge, 16/Mar/2017
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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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