Cardinham Woods Access Statement

Updated 18th September 2018

Cardinham Woods is 650 acres of mixed woodland near Bodmin in Cornwall. 

There is a range of walking trails to suit all abilities as well as adventurous off road cycling trails.  There is a play areas, barbecue areas and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy.

Cardinham is home to Woods Café, which is open every day. 


  • Further information about your visit can be found in our visitor information, accessible from the forest page. Here you can find information on directions to the site, amenities, opening hours and parking charges. Alternatively, you can contact the Forestry Commission district Office on 0300 067 4800 (8.30am-3pm)
  • Cardinham is signposted from the Carminow Cross roundabout with Brown Tourist signs.

Car Park

  • There is one entrance/exit to the car park which is constructed of compressed stone and tarmac on one level. 
  • The car park has space for 200 vehicles.    
  • The car park has three 2 pay and display machines. Please note that all spaces are chargeable including disabled parking bays. There are three clearly signed blue badge parking spaces situated close to the café. 

Main Visitor Area

  • The car park is near to the café and there is also a toilet block near to the entrance.  This has gentleman’s toilets including two urinals, a cubicle, two wash basins, a hand drier and changing bench.  Also ladies toilets with three cubicles, two wash basins, a hand drier and a changing bench.  There is a disabled toilet which has a hand railed toilet, wash basin, drier and also baby changing facilities
  • Bike hire is also found near the entrance to the car park on weekends and during school holidays.


  • There is level access throughout Woods Café.
  • There is one single door for the café main entrance.
  • The café has a stone floor with seating inside and out.  .
  • Discovery passes and packs for any special trails can be purchased in the café. 


  • Interpretation boards are all in clear, easy to read text and have pictorial representation where applicable.
  • There is a unisex toilet within the café with disabled and baby changing facilities. 

Play Areas

  • Cardinham has two play areas close to the café and picnic areas, as well as areas for informal play.
  • The main play area nearest to the café is comprised of wooden structures, with rope elements and swings.  This area has benches around the perimeter that give good visibility to the equipment.  The whole area has loose wood chip underneath.
  • A second smaller play area is adjacent to the picnic area with a large tyre swing and has loose wood chip underneath.

Picnic Areas and benches

  • The main picnic area is a short walk on a level surface adjacent to the car park.
  • There are several picnic benches and BBQs on a level grassed area near to the car park. 
  • There are two picnic benches on the descent of the Deviock Walk. 

Walking Trails

  • Lady Vale Walk – (1.5 miles, gentle).  An easy-going circular level walk on forest track that is suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.  This takes between 30-50 minutes to complete and has educational or special activity trails at certain times. 
  • Wheal Glynn Walk – (3 miles, difficult).  A short but steep loop on rough forest track and goes from the Lady Vale Bridge, taking in the industrial heritage of lead and silver mining in the Glynn Valley.
  • Deviock Walk – (4 miles, difficult).  A long loop off the Lady Vale Walk with a steep section on rough forest track.  There are excellent views over the forest and a picnic area on the descent.
  • Callywith Wood Walk – (2 miles, moderate).  A gradual ascent of rough forest track skirting the Callywith Wood Wildlife research area with benches and viewpoints along the way looking up at Cardinham Water to Bodmin Moor. 

Cycling Trails

  • Bodmin Beast – (7.5miles, moderate).  A blue grade trail suitable for cyclists with a moderate level of off road experience and it explores the wooded slopes of Cardinham Valley.
  • Dialled-In Dave – (0.5 miles, difficult).  A red grade single track trail with natural flowing lines accessed from the Bodmin Beast. 
  • Hell’s Teeth – (1 mile, difficult).  Another red grade section with alpine style descent also accessed from the Bodmin Beast.  This has very steep sections and is suitable for experienced off road cyclists only.