Cardinham Woods and church circular walk

Cardinham Woods and Lady Vale

A number of paths in Cardinham woods will be closed from Jan 15th - Easter 2024 for forestry work which will obstruct the route. See https://www.forestryengland.uk/article/forestry-operations-cardinham-woods for more information.

A circular walk in the wooded valley surrounding Cardinham Water where the mediaeval chapel of St Mary de Valle once stood but now only the Lady Vale mediaeval bridge remains.

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The walk starts in Cardinham Woods with forest tracks alongside the streams where the tree species are most diverse. The route then joins a footpath through more ancient woodland. Two fields complete the route to the Celtic churchyard. The return is downhill through meadows and areas of natural woodland to re-enter the forestry area. The final stretch is an easy walk on forest tracks.

Highlights

  • A woodland walk with a mixture of conifers and broadleaf areas
  • Bluebells in spring in the broadleaf areas of Cardinham Woods
  • Woodland and river wildlife

Considerations

  • Occasionally short sections of paths within Cardinham Woods may be closed for forestry operations. Follow the signposted diversions if this is the case.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 109
  • Distance: 4.5 miles/7.2 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: waterproof boots in winter
  • Café: ✓

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