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Cardinham Woods and Lanhydrock sit in North Cornwall, close to Bodmin.

We are building cycle trails at both sites. The target audience for each differs slightly, but we believe they will compliment each other well.

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Cardinham Woods

The 12km Bodmin Beast blue (moderate) grade cycle trail aims to set the benchmark for singletrack trails in Cornwall. Suitable for cyclists with a moderate level of off-road experience and keen mountain bikers, this exciting trail explores the wooded slopes of the Cardinham Valley. You will encounter a number of technical climbs and descents, snaking single track trail and features such as tight bermed corners, small step downs, rollers and table tops. All features can be rolled over at a moderate speed. The trail is exposed to steep unfenced side slopes in places.

There are also two sections of difficult red grade trail, which loop off of the main Bodmin Beast. These options will add up to 30 mins to your ride, and are only suitable for proficient mountain bikers. ‘Dialled-In Dave’ is natural, flowing and fast; an ideal introduction to Red grade single track and a great place to develop your trail riding skills. ‘Hell’s Teeth’ presents a tough initial climb, with some very steep sections, but you’ll be rewarded at the top with some narrow, flowing trail featuring numerous technical features and then a very steep bermed final descent.

See Trail Grading Explained for more information, or watch the West Coast Mountain Biking video below to get a feel for the trails.

Cardinham Woods from West Coast Mountain Biking on Vimeo.

Cardinham Woods offers a great day out for non-mountain bikers in the family too. There are plenty of walking trails to choose from, seasonal events, play area and with a tempting café and spacious barbeque and picnic area, you can really make a day of it.

Cardinham Woods is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. You can find out more about the woods, facilities, events and how to get there on the Cardinham Woods webpages.


Construction of the cycle trails and skills area at Lanhydrock are almost complete and will be open for February half term 2014. To keep up to date with developments at Lanhydrock Cycle Hub visit the dedicated Facebook page.

The project proposes to deliver cycle trails at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock property. A new café and cycle hire facility at Lanhydrock will open in early 2014. The vision is for the site to be very novice friendly with green (easy) and blue (moderate) graded cycle trails and facilities to feature at Lanhydrock. See Trail Grading Explained for more information.

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Cardinham Woods
  • Woods Cafe
  • cycling and multi-use trails
  • children's play area
  • toilets
  • barbeque and picnic area
Lanhydrock House
  • stately home and grounds, open to visitors
  • cafe and restaurant
  • many walking tracks and trails to explore
  • toilets
  • plant sales

Planned facilities:

Lanhydrock House and Grounds
  • dedicated cycle trails
  • pump track and skills area
  • cafe
  • cycle hire
Cardinham Woods

Bodmin Beast

Blue grade (moderate). Distance 12km (7.5 miles); 1-2 hours.

Dialled-In Dave

Red grade (difficult) loop off of main trail. Distance 900m (0.5 miles); 5 mins.

Hell's Teeth

Red grade (difficult) loop off of main trail. Distance 1.8km (1 mile); 15-20 mins.   Lanhydrock House and Grounds Green (easy), blue (moderate) and very limited red (difficult) graded cycle trails
Cardinham Woods
  • "such a nice trail, will be coming a lot more for training" Paul, via Facebook.
  • "superb trail, just brilliant!" Matt G, via Facebook.
  • "My husband loved it and now I want a go!" Lucy, via Facebook.
  • "...before I’d even finished my first lap I was already planning my next trip and I can see it turning into a regular training spot for me." Jay Williamson, Wideopen Magazine. 
  • "Loads of us turned up, all left smiling. A few guys have ridden loads of trail centres and rated this highly." Matt S, via Facebook.
  • "... great confidence builder course... awesome day" Amy, via Facebook.

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