Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Cann Wood offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year. 

How to find us

How to find us

By bike: Follow the Marsh Mills-Clearbrook Sustrans route, and enter Forestry Commission woods at Plymbridge. Please note that cycling is not permitted on the Blue Walk.

Cann Woods Car Park, Elfordleigh, Plymouth
Sat Nav Postcode: PL7 5ED
By Car

Travelling north along the A38, turn off at the exit signposted Plympton. Take the first exit at the first and second mini-roundabouts and follow the road past Boringdon Hall, Elfordleigh and the Woodside Animal Shelter. The Cann Woods entrance is on the left.

OS Grid Ref

50.418222279902, -4.0463429689407

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at Cann Wood. 

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 2

Facilities and access

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Landline Number
0300 067 4800

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

Covering an area of some 230 hectares, Cann Wood is an excellent example of a mixed forest with areas of newly planted coniferous and broad-leaved woodland.

You can walk, cycle or picnic whilst taking in the views and wildlife of this beautiful valley.

At a glance

Dogs welcome
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Explore the depths of Cann Woods and enjoy some lovely views, mature woodland and forest glades.

Dog walkers are welcome in Cann Woods but we ask that you respect other users of the forest and clear up after your dog.



Segways have arrived at Cann Woods!

Taking in woodland tracks and trails, this is a unique way to explore the Cann Wood as you glide effortlessly on these Eco-friendly personal transporters.

To find out more, or book please visit Plymoth Segway's website or contact them on 07549 010291 or

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore Cann Wood and soak up the beautiful scenery.

While we welcome cyclists to Cann woods we ask that you stay on stoned tracks and give way to other forest users.

Horse riders are welcome in Cann woods on the stoned tracks only. 

No permit is needed to ride at Cann Wood. 

Please see the map on the car park board for more information. Further information can also be found under OS landranger map 201, or OS explorer map 108.

For more information on our facilities, opening times and contact details, please see our visitor information.

Nearby forests

Pine tree trunks within green forest shrubs

Located south of Tavistock, near Bere Alston, Denham Wood has a range of un-marked trails for you to explore making it the perfect place for a peaceful woodland walk. 



River and conifer trees

Enjoy the tranquility of a picnic by the East Dart river or an exhilarating walk up to Bellever Tor to take in the stunning views. Explore the forest itself and discover a wealth of wildlife, archaeology and grazing Dartmoor ponies.

Shaded walking trail in Stoke Woods, Exeter

Once part of the area’s industrial past, this diverse woodland now supports a wide variety of plant and animal life including some of the UK’s rarest butterfly species. Come and see what you can spot! 


Reservoir surrounded by forest

Come and discover the Dartmoor story at Fernworthy. The open, windswept upland moors with wide views gives you a sense of space, perfect for reflecting, escape and creativity.

Escape the intrusions of modern life and see if you can find one of the many prehistoric sites in the area including the Fernworthy Cairn Circle and Fernworthy Assycombe Stone Row. 

Pack a picnic on a perfect summer day or wrap up warm and visit at night to see the night sky like never before. 

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