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.
The trails at Cardinham Woods are approaching completion. A short section of the Bodmin Beast cycle trail is currently open, avoiding an area of the wood where forest operations are taking place. All trails will be fully open by May 2013.
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 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.
The planning application for Lanhydrock was approved by Cornwall Council in January 2013. Construction is due to begin in the Spring. 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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