5 Reasons to Visit Cardinham Woods

5 reasons to visit Cardinham Woods- Doggy Day Care Cornwall


Cardinham Woods is a beautiful Cornish woodland, just a few miles outside Bodmin, popular with families, dog walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. Following the waymarked trails will take you deep into the woods to discover all the best vantage points and highlights, with the lovely Woods Cafe being the perfect pitstop. There’s endless options for dog friendly walks, and dogs are welcome in the cafe. As one of our favourite dog friendly places we thought we’d share 5 reasons to visit Cardinham Woods…

Woods Cafe at Cardinham Woods

Woods Cafe is an independent, family run cafe picturesquely situated amidst the towering trees of Cardinham Woods. The building itself is a beautiful idyllic cottage that wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale and inside you will find cosy decor and a warming open fire. The cafe’s menu is small but balanced offering simple but tasty dishes including soups, strews, sandwiches and cream teas. They are family and dog friendly, and the perfect spot to cosy up by the fire after a long walk in the woods. We’d recommend trying their salted caramel hot chocolate or their hot sausage rolls.

Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Cardinham Woods

The Gruffalo Spotters trail is a perfect way to engage with and entertain younger children during a forest walk. We’d recommend downloading The Gruffalo Spotter app before you set off, then during your visit to Cardinham Woods look out for clues which lead to footprint marker posts –  simply point the app at these posts and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes. The Gruffalo Spotters trail follows along The Lady Vale trail, a reasonable short and easy walk. There’s also an option to buy the activity kit from the Woods Cafe for £3. It comes with an evidence collection bag, 5 fact and activity cards, stickers of the Gruffalo characters, a special magnifying glass, ruler and a pencil.

Cycling Trails at Cardinham Woods

There are three different cycling trails to enjoy at Cardinham woods; the Bodmin Beast is the main route and is 8 miles long and moderately difficult. Hell’s Teeth and Dialled-in Dave are optional detours that add around 30 minutes to your ride, and make it much more difficult. You can hire bikes from Trail Munki, Cardinham Woods’ exclusive bike hire shop, but they can get very busy during summer so it’s worth booking over the phone before you arrive.

Dog Friendly Walks at Cardinham Woods

There are four different walking trails, all of varying difficultly and length, so there’s something to suit all levels of fitness. The easiest trail, the Lady Vale, is a 1.5 mile gentle walk that circles round and takes less than 50 minutes. The Deviock Walk is the most difficult trail; it’s 4 miles long but contains a very steep section of rough forest track but the beautiful views make it worth the effort. The many options make it easy to find a trail suitable for you and your four-legged friend.

On the way to Trago Mills

Another reason to visit Cardinham Woods is that it’s only a 20 minute drive to Trago Mills, so you can make a day of it. If you’re new to Cornwall and or simply haven’t heard of it, Trago Mills, or Trago as it’s known to locals, is a Cornish discount department store just outside of Liskard. People visit Trago as much for it’s unique character as they do for the homeware bargains, with it’s gargoyles at the entrance and a mock Tudor facade.

A day out without the dog…

If you’d like to enjoy a day out at Cardinham Woods without your dog why not enrol at Doggy Day Care Cornwall? That way you can drop them off at dog day care on your way, knowing that they will have just as much fun as you will. All of our dog day care and home dog boarding guests are under constant supervision by our highly trained members of staff and the facilities are secured by 2 metre high fencing and double gated entrances. The enclosed dog day care facility provides plenty of enrichment with games, toys and cosy corners.

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