Cardinham Woods Mountain Biking

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Cardinham Woods, PL30 4AL
Directions
From Bodmin take the A38 towards Liskeard. 400 metres beyond the Carminnow Cross roundabout follow the brown tourist signs left and then left again into Cardinham Woods.
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Cardinham Woods Mountain Biking Trails are set in Bodmin, North Cornwall.

Cardinham is a popular forestry commission wood with a decent café and car park.

They have a Blue MTB route with Red sections.

Bodmin Beast (Blue with Red Sections)

  • The Bodmin Beast trail is a moderate ability 12km MTB trail (with Red sections). It has loads of single-track, a fair sharing of technical climbs and descents, tight bermed corners, small step downs, rollers and tabletops.
  • The Bodmin Beast trail also includes 2 additional (optional) Red sections. There is ‘Dialled-In Dave’ (0.9km) which is natural, flowing and pretty fast and then secondly ‘Hell’s Teeth’ (1.8km) which has a tough climb, is steep in places, has a number of technical features and a very steep bermed final descent.

Multi-User Forest Roads

  • The woods also have a lot of gravel based forest roads that families can cycle through. These are multi-purpose so watch out for walkers, horse riders and dogs etc.

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4.1  (17)
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3.5  (17)
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Good Trail for those starting out
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0

Overall excellent xc trail, superbly maintained by FC and volunteers, well sign posted trail that's a real mix of climbing and descent, only really suitable for the most confident and fittest of children under 10(Lanhydrock much more suitable for younger riders)

User Review

Good Points
Good trail for those wanting to get into mountain biking as blue trail can be ridden by anyone with reasonable level of fitness and a bit of nerve, lots of areas where can improve riding skills and some really enjoyable sections( the whip and the end section are pretty good for any level and Dailed in Dave down to bridge is just a flat out blast) small red section for more confident riders, not too difficult if you can handle steep and rocky switchbacks(and the climb!!) good parking, toilets, cafe etc... can be combined with Lanhydrock trails to make a total of 14ish miles of trail and about 4 miles of tarmac for a fair day of riding with some great scenery too if you take your eyes off the trail for a couple of seconds
Bad Points
Very busy at weekends, needs longer downhill and more red trail areas, really only one trail so gets repetitive, would be nice to have second blue loop running around outside of first
Would you recommend?
Yes
TF
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Impressed
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Highly recommended, will be coming back

User Review

Good Points
1st time where really impressed, well signposted, great facilities, would definitely come back, and only fell off once ?? reasonably priced car parking, cafe etc.
Bad Points
None really, some of the route was closed for maintenance but well signposted, and these things have to be maintained so no problem.
Would you recommend?
Yes
RR
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Awesome fun for beginners and experienced riders
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

I love Cardinham, it is the first trail that I rode and ride it as often as I can as it is great for a good workout.
The cafe is great (If not a little pricey, but aren't they always).
There are changing facilities but no shower which would be a welcome addition after a muddy ride.

User Review

Good Points
The blue trails are well maintained easy to follow with with fun fast downhill sections and tough but realistic uphill climbs.
The two red trails are easy to ride:
Dialed in Dave offers a bit of technical, drop off, rocky riding, nice sweeping curves offer good technical cornering on mixed ground.

Hell's Teeth has a hell of climb to get too, I have not managed to ride up to it but once you get to the top there is a worthwhile fun ride through the woods before you get to the steep downhill with nice tight turns, roots and depending on the time of year really mixed ground.

Dialed in Dave is fine for riders of all abilities whilst the downhill section of Hell's teeth really needs experience with tight steep turns.

The blue and Dialed in Dave trails are great for all skill levels as your speed will dictate the difficulty level.

There are changing facilities but no shower.

There is good parking (I would recommend getting a Forestry commission pass as it will save money if you are a regular user).

There are family friendly walks if your family is not up for the main ride routes.
Bad Points
The down side to Cardinham is the lack of trickier trails, once you have learned the course you will can only work on your speed.

The red trails are tame compared to most so anyone looking for a real challenge will leave disappointed

No real Jumps or really technical areas.

No Skills areas or pump track.

No Bike cleaning area.
Would you recommend?
Yes
SP
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Totally awesome
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5

Beautiful woodlands and views too :)

User Review

Good Points
I LOVE this trail - I live in Cornwall and frequently ride the North cliff paths ad enjoy the rough stuff. These paths are so well built and great fun. Recently did Hell's Teeth - took me right to the edge of my ability. My fave ride this side of CwmCarn
Bad Points
None really - gets a bit buisy at the weekend but that's because it's good
Would you recommend?
Yes
AK
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One of my favourites
(Updated: August 08, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.0

I really enjoyed this place and would really like to get back soon. Trails are flowey and fun. not hugely technical, but if you're after something to make you grin and to test your basic skills at speed, this is great.

User Review

Good Points
Great scenery. Will put a smile on your face!
Bad Points
Access to the two optional reds towards the end are very steep and lack grip. When it rains, it bloody rains!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great find down in the South West
(Updated: March 24, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

I'm usually a roadie. Found the difficulty of the trails well suited to my basic skill set on a full sus bike. Compared to where I live (Surrey) this was very hilly but great fun. I'd recommend to anyone in the area and will defs be returning myself, the Mrs and kids did the Stickman trail and I went and did this one. Perfect.

User Review

Good Points
Great switchbacks
-Suitable for enthusiastic beginners
-Great views
-Nice berms
Bad Points
-Wet slate is pretty slippery!
-Might be worth doing a couple of laps
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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quality MTB spot
(Updated: August 06, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Great morning riding. Well worth a visit. Relatively short (about hour and 20 mins) but downhills are fun and fast.

User Review

Good Points
Great downhill sections. Fast and twisty.
Bad Points
Very steep climb to final red section.
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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Bodmin Beast

A truely great ride highly recommend.

User Review

Good Points
A great day out in fantastic setting. £3 to park all day. £25 all year visit as often as you want. I ride here twice a week sometimes more and I never get tired of riding this trail it is varied and some good hard sections. I am 53 years of age and it takes me around 40 miniutes I usually ride the trail twice. There are a block of toliets and changing room. There are also BBQ free to use well worth knowing. I will often ride and my family and inlaws go for a walk and we meet up later. The cafe is well worth a visit. I love the ride in the dry but just as much fun in the wet knowing you can change at the end. Sections of this ride are not for the faint hearted. I would highly recommend combining this ride with the Cycle Hub 15 miniutes drive away. Hub first Beast second if you want to get changed.
Bad Points
I would not recommend the ride for a family the Cycle Hub 15 miniutes away much more suitable. The road entering Cardinham in narrow and some people drive with no consideration to others so be carful.
Would you recommend?
Yes
SW
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(Updated: June 07, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
3.5

Definatly worth a visit if your down these parts on holiday

User Review

Good Points
Cardinham Woods is actually alright - rode both the extended red and blue and both are well maintained. Red has lots of fast undulating parts so naturally went as fast as physically possible.

Has potential for a lot more trails looking at the landscape.

On a sunny day is pretty fun place to be - good views etc.

Nice little facilities for food etc at this place. Family orientated.

Good coffee.
Bad Points
Bit of a drive to get there I guess.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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(Updated: June 07, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
2.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.5

None

User Review

Good Points
Rode the beast for the umpteenth time 2 days ago and it never fails to put a grin on my face. Ok it's not that technical including all the reds but it's just good fun. In comparison to other centers I have ridden at it is up there with the leaders.
Bad Points
Some hatchbacks are to tight.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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