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

Opening hours

Car park, trails, and Woods Cafe open every day (please check the cafe website for opening hours).

The Ranger's Hut is open 9.30am-3.30pm weekends and bank holidays, and 9.30am-11.30am on weekdays.


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk

How to find us

How to find us
Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
Sat Nav Postcode: PL30 4AL
By Car

From Bodmin take the A38 towards Liskeard. 400 metres beyond the Carminnow Cross roundabout follow the brown tourist signs left and then left again into Cardinham Woods.


Our access road is singletrack with passing places. Please be prepared to give way to other drivers and give walkers and horse riders plenty of space.

OS Grid Ref

50.46968368628, -4.6786792605743

Parking and prices

Pay for your parking with debit/credit card or use the RingGo app. We recommend downloading the app to your phone before you visit.

You can also use RingGo by pre-booking online or calling 0203 046 0063 with location code 31017 (cars) or 31018 (minibuses).

There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Cardinham Woods members park for free. Buy your membership now for £35 and simply display your pass in your vehicle without queuing for a ticket. Parking charges and memberships help us to look after Cardinham Woods for everyone.

Our access road is narrow in places. Please be considerate of other drivers and give walkers and horse riders plenty of space. Please do not park on the access road as it causes a dangerous obstruction to other road users and emergency vehicles. 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Charges at peak times (weekends, school holidays, bank holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £6.00
Charges at off-peak times (weekdays in term time only)
Up to 2 hours £2.00
Up to 4 hours £3.00
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses/coaches - £9 peak / £8 off-peak

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay by phone available
Pay on foot system

Facilities and access

Woods Cafe is open daily for takeaway and outdoor seating. Please check the cafe website for opening hours.

The self-service dog wash is open every day and accepts payment by card.

If you have limited mobility (short or long term, for any reason), why not hire our Tramper through the Countryside Mobility Scheme? You do not have to be registered disabled to hire a Tramper and we have introduced a COVID secure hire process to keep you safe.

For a quieter forest experience, we recommend planning your visit for early morning (before 10.00am) or in the evening (after 4.00pm). The forest is usually less busy on week days.

For more information about Cardinham Woods to help you plan your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire

Contact details

Activities at Cardinham Woods

Walker and Tramper user at Cardinham Woods walking away from camera
Walking trails at Cardinham Woods
Child looking at Zog panel
Zog activity trail at Cardinham Woods
Children toasting marshmallows around campfire
Badger Forest School and Outdoor Learning
Mountain bike rider between conifer trees
Cycling and mountain biking trails at Cardinham Woods
Hobby bird
Forest Find | Cardinham Woods
Gruffalo's child at Cardinham Woods
Gruffalo Sculptures at Cardinham Woods
Two walkers under dappled shade
Lady Vale walk at Cardinham Woods
Picnic benches at Cardinham Woods
Picnics at Cardinham

Nearby forests

Rough tor

Roughtor (sometimes known as Rough Tor) boasts a wealth of natural beauty. Its peaks provide a manageable and enjoyable 3-4 mile walk complete with stunning views.

The keen eye will spot not only stunning views, but also Iron Age remains, Bronze Age hut circles and even a Neolithic tor enclosure. Perfect for explorers who like to stumble across remnants of history!

Davidstow Woods

Located by Davidstow airfield and north of Bodmin Moor, Davidstow Woods is a coniferous forest perfectly placed for a walk to Crowdy reservoir or Showery Tor.

Pack a lunch and take in the historic views across the moors.

Generic woodland

Located approximately two miles north of Truro, Idless Woods is a stunning woodland with a diverse range of wildlife. 

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! 


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