Cardinham Woods, Dog Walk -

Dog Walk - Cardinham Woods

Loving Cardinham Woods!

Finally, Spring has arrived after a long Winter for us all!!  It has been great to get out on some fantastic walks with Rocky locally. Even though we’ve been here a year, it has taken us a while to get around with the shop to run and, of course, having Ava!!

One of our favourites has been Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin - PL30 4AL        

Cardinham Woods location

Cardinham woods is made up of 650 acres of mixed woodland, the whole place is completely dog friendly and has a great selection of walks to suit all ages of dogs and humans alike. You don’t need any special walking gear here as there’s something for everyone! There are 4 official walks, but also miles of trails you can take to explore for yourself.  There are great facilities, including nice toilets in the car park, from where all the walks begin, as well as BBQ and picnic areas.  Parking charges start at £2 to park for 2 hours or £5 for the whole day. Or, you can become a member with the Discovery Pass for £30 a year which gets you free parking for the year there, a discount at the lovely Woods Café and discounts of many brands locally and nationally such as Go Ape, Forest Holidays, Cotswold Outdoor and Snow and Rock. 

Woods Café

If you don’t fancy packing your own lunch or snacks to enjoy in the BBQ or picnic areas there, the award-winning Woods Café is dog friendly, and a great place to fuel up before your walk or a place you can stop off at the end of your adventure. 

Woods Cafe Cardinham dog walk

Set in an old woodman’s cottage, there’s a lovely open fire which is welcome in the Winter, and lots of tables outsides to grab a seat in the sun in the Summer.  They have a plethora of tasty refreshments to enjoy, including home made seasonal stews, soups, salads and sandwiches or treat yourself to a freshly baked cake or even a cream tea! In the Winter they even have a hot chocolate bar set up outside, which we can definitely recommend as a tasty way to warm up after a chilly walk with the dog!

Great dog walks

Lady Vale Walk

So, back to the dog walks!! We have been with Rocky a couple of times already this Spring, the first time just Lynz, Rocky and Ava in the buggy so we did the easier Lady Vale walk which takes you on a path alongside the river in a 1.5 mile loop back to Woods café, and the car park. It’s definitely worth having a Dicky Bag with you, as bins are few and far between, simply pop the bagged poop in to the Dicky Bag until you get back to the car park where most of the bins are. Don’t worry, they have scented discs in them so you there won’t be an unpleasant smell following you around your walk!

Rocky enjoyed being off the lead, and I had a great time whilst Ava had a nap.  There’s nothing quite like enjoying the sound of the water trickling in the stream and hearing the birds in the trees.  The scenery is beautiful, and the weather was great too. It was a thoroughly enjoyable walk, well that was until Rocky decided to swan dive into some fox poop!! An unfortunate trait of many breeds, Rocky does love a roll in fox poop, and even though he has done it many times now, he still seems surprised when he gets frog marched to the bathroom as soon as we get home!!  Here’s a picture of him looking guilty, at least he is in a very picturesque setting! Needless to say he went straight into the bath again when we got home with some Yup You Stink Shampoo much to Ava’s delight, who found the poopy pup’s ordeal highly amusing!! His Dog Robe was very handy to get him dry after his bath and stopped him shaking all over the bathroom!  He was dry in 20 minutes and after a quick wash the dog robe was ready for his next walk … just in case!

Beagle in woods on dog walk

He looks innocent but believe me he smelt very guilty!!! Just wish we’d had some emergency wipes in the car… we won’t get caught out like that again!

Wheal Glynn Walk

The next time we went Mike came along too, so we tried the more ambitious Wheal Glynn walk which is around 2.5 miles long and includes a long incline up to some great views.  We took the buggy for Ava but would probably use a sling next time as it was a bit bumpy and steep in places. Rocky loved it, he enjoyed being off the lead exploring away from the main path this time, his nose was working overtime, and thankfully he didn’t find any fox poop to dive into this time, so a good walk was had by all and he was rewarded with some tasty Innocent Hound Sliced Venison Sausage dog treats at the end for good behaviour!! We rewarded ourselves with a coffee and slice of Victoria sponge cake from the Woods Café, which got our own tails wagging!! We even managed to get a table outside, it’s such a lovely place to enjoy a drink and bite to eat whilst we planned our next outing there, which I am sure won’t be too far away!

Cardinham Woods Maps

Other walks there that we haven’t had a chance to enjoy yet are Callywith Wood & Deviock.

Cardinham Woods map of walks


Cardinham Woods map of long walk Deviock

Something for the kids to do

Badger Forest School

If you are looking for something else for the kids to do this Summer, Cardinham Woods is also the home of award-winning Badger Forest School.  Recently awarded the best Children’s business in Cornwall, all ages can enjoy some wonderful adventures during the holidays. It’s a great way for kids to discover and immerse themselves in nature, get stuck in and have a lot of fun.  We take Ava to their “Mamas back to Nature” group on a Monday which is a completely different mum and baby group that provides us both with a wonderful sensory experience we can enjoy together, Ava always has a long nap after that, whilst mum feels totally rejuvenated and at one with nature!  Visit their website to find out more about their Summer school groups. 

Lynsey Attwood Badger Forest School

Making our butterfly at Badger Forest School!
Lynsey Attwood Cardinham Woods
Having a fab time in the woods!


To keep the kids entertained on a walk they have a Highway Rat Activity Trail which brings to life Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s latest book igniting their imagination whilst keeping them entertained as you enjoy the wonderful scenery. You can buy the activity trail packs from the café!  As well as the walks, there is a great children’s playground next to the Woods Café too.

In summary, we love it here, there’s plenty to do with the dog and the kids all through the year, check it out for yourselves!

If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us!

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