Cardinham Woods near Bodmin is one of our favourite places to visit for outdoor fun. It’s managed by the Forestry Commission and has marked walking and cycling trails for all abilities.

Cycling at Cardinham Woods The Lady Vale walk is a level, hard surfaced trail which circuits the valley floor and stream. It is 1.5 miles long and quite manageable for little legs, pushchairs and bikes. It’s great to find a safe, fairly level and off-road track to ride a bike. We brought Jasmine’s balance bike and Sam’s two-wheeler for some practise.

Highway Rat Trail Cardinham Woods

On a previous visit we completed the interactive Gruffalo Trail and the last time we visited there was a trail about another  favourite Julia Donaldson characters, Highway Rat (see photos). For 2019 the children’s activity trail is about Zog the dragon and his friends! Follow the trail markers through the woods to find familiar characters from the story, collect stars as you learn like Zog did at dragon school, and complete interesting challenges along the way. This family day out is even better with one of the Zog activity packs. Inside you’ll find a special lens which reveals hidden pictures along the trail, a booklet with fun activities, and a Zog mask to help make your day picture perfect.  Pick up your activity pack for £3 from the Woods Café.

Highway Rat wanted poster

I had my hands full with children, bikes and trail sheet to fill in. There were things to find, drawings, stickers and rubbings for us to do. Needless to say I was doing a balancing act, trying to keep them on their bikes and not crash into people or the stream!

There are plenty of streams to paddle in at Cardinham Woods

The children had a lot of fun, splashing through puddles and paddling in the stream. I really enjoy my time with them learning about the natural world and sharing precious moments of their childhood.

Woods Cafe, Cardinham Woods

The Woods Cafe is a lovely, family friendly place to stop for lunch

We spent about four hours here with lunch at the café, but you could easily make a day of it exploring some of the other paths or the bike trails with older children.

Getting there & more information

Cardinham Woods is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Bosinver. There is plenty of parking available.

The fabulous Woods Café welcomes children and dogs. It’s open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am and serves a variety of homemade refreshments.

Find out more about the 2019 Zog Activity Trail at Cardinham Woods

Where’s your favourite place to go for a walk or bike ride as a family in Cornwall? Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @Bosinver – we’d love to hear your thoughts! If you would like to know more about booking a holiday here at Bosinver, please email or call 01726 72128.