Lanhydrock and Cardinham Woods (Cornwall) from Bodmin – Train to Trail
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
311 yd in total
Bike Touring Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
April 2, 2020
Despite its steep river valleys, unkempt moorlands and incredible coastal landscapes, Cornwall is often overlooked when it comes to mountain biking. Although trail centres here tend to be small, there are a few great places that are well worth a visit.The neighbouring trails of the National Trust Lanhydrock Estate and Cardinham Woods are just some of those. Very easily accessible from Bodmin train station, both feature brilliant cafes and ample parking, and you can also hire a bike from Lanhydrock if you don’t have one of your own. Start by leaving the centre of Bodmin town to ride to the Lanhydrock Estate to the south-east, taking a cycle trail off of the road to cross over above the A30. Although you’d need to pay to visit the main house on the estate, you can enjoy a drink, meal or snack at the Park Cafe before you hit the trails.I’ve proposed a loop of Blazley’s Trail here (2 miles or 3 km), which you can easily find by following the signposts. It’s a blue-rated trail, so you’ll need some previous mountain biking experience, but it’s nothing too strenuous or challenging. Make sure you check out the skills loop here too. The next half of the ride is a short pootle on the lane away, over the other side of the roundabout. Descend down to the car park at Cardinham Woods, where you’ll find the 7.5 mile (12 km) Bodmin Beast trail. Again, this is a relatively easy blue trail, with plenty of berms and flowy sections. I’ve ridden it fully loaded on a gravel bike so you should be fine! After finishing your lap of the Bodmin Beast, make sure you visit the quaint Woods Cafe for some refreshments. If you’re doing this route as a day trip, it’s a short pedal back into Bodmin, or you can stay overnight at the campsite marked at the end of the Tour, ready to do some more laps the next day! Find out more about the two trail centres here: nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/features/cycling-at-lanhydrock-cornwallforestryengland.uk/cardinham-woods/cycling-and-mountain-biking-trails-cardinham-woods