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Long Mynd Mountain Bike Trails, England

Long Mynd Mountain Bike Trails, England Hot

 
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Long Mynd mountain bike trails are set in the Shropshire hills, 10 miles south of Shrewsbury in England. There are 22 square kilometers of heathland terrain made up of a series of hills with steep gullies. The area is owned and cared for by the National Trust and has over 500 metres of height in altitude. Also it's close to Hopton Woods XC and Downhill trails and really not far from Wales so it is in good pedigree company and has a pretty decent reputation itself. You may have heard of the Minton Batch descent which is quite famous as an awesome grin producing down.

There are MTB trails here for all abilities.

Way Marked Trails

  • The Long Mynd is predominantly open Moor: which means you will need a little bit of navigational skill and an idea of where you’re heading to find your way.  The pay off comes with the natural single-track that you will often have mostly to yourself. There is a numbering system that is used on the trails rather than the conventional forestry commission grading and you need to piece together your route based on the on your ability and time to ride. Hence although waymarked you will often be getting your map out. The map can be bought for £1 which is a bargain seeing as it goes to maintaining the trails.

Start Points

  • One of the big advantages of the Long Mynd is that it can be accessed from different locations around the hill. Church Stretton and Carding Mill valley are felt to be some of the best starting points. People also start from Hope Bowdler, Little Stretton and The Bridges (used for Yetitribe meet) at Ratlinghope is gaining popularity as a start point as you can access Eastridge wood, The Stiperstones and the Long Mynd. NB local club meet outside the HSBC bank in Church Stretton on Sunday mornings. 

Trail Map

  • You can access the Trail Map from the National Trust here

Clubs and Groups

Events

Check out the Long Mynd Batch Burner 48km Mountain Bike Challenge

Other Stuff

  • Shropshire Hills MTB centre offer a car park, cafe, bike shop, hire, mechanic, guides, coaching, and accommodation. 
  • The trails are shared with walkers and horse riders so please be considerate to other trail users 
  • Photo Credit James/ Clipper

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  • If you have ridden any of these trails at Long Mynd then please come share your experience with us and maybe write a short review. Many thanks.

Mixing and Matching Sections

  • To give you a feel (but you are best off looking at this in combination with the map as folk mix and match the sections below to complete a trail route based on their time and ability). The map also shows some of the best combinations put together.

 

ROUTE DISTANCE  DESCRIPTION DIFFICULTY
1 2.45km Fire road Easy/Moderate
2 1.2km Rocky, open zig-zag track Moderate
3 0.7km Very fast chute – “The Toboggan Run” Moderate
4 3.45km  Open, rocky bridleway Easy
5 1.45km Fast, non-technical single track Moderate
6 1.75km Rocky green lane Moderate
7 3.05km Fast, technical single track  Difficult
8 2.92km Very fast grassy hillside  Moderate

 

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GPS Routes

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The Minton Batch, Long Mynd MTB GPS Route is in Shropshire. Minton Batch is a famous descent. This MTB route starts in Church Stretton SY6 6 and is 10 miles long.
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Top of the Burway - Tough Climb despite being on Tarmac
A different Summit - Before descending the Zig Zag Trail
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Mountain Biking Long Mynd - ridge descent into Batch Valley
Mountain Biking Long Mynd - Minton Hill

Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Trail Grades
Ungraded (natural)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Cafe
  • Free Car Parking

Location

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Trail, Centre or Base
Address
2 High Street, Town Centre, Church Stretton SY6 6BT
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User reviews

3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.83
Grin Factor 
 
4.34  (3)
Trail Variety 
 
3.50  (3)
Skills Development 
 
3.17  (3)
Trail Quality  
 
4.17  (3)
Facilities 
 
4.17  (3)
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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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Trail Quality
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(Updated: December 16, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.66
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.50
Skills Development 
 
3.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Long Mynd

This area is basically one long hill range crisscrossed with trails so you climb up one trail and ride down another and that's pretty much it.
That said the variety of trails varies a fair bit from well paved to rutted mud-fests so there is plenty to keep you occupied for a day's riding.
I based my ride from the 'Shropshire hills Mountain bike centre' at Marshbrook near Church Stretton and as well as having a camp site/bike shop and pub on their doorstep they pointed me in the right direction for a great days riding.

http://www.mtb-shropshire.co.uk/

User Review

Good Points
Lots of places to start from with good facilities
great decents
Bad Points
Can get busy with other trail users
A lot of climbing
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.25
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
3.50
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.50

Long Mynd aka Sillit Bang, one blink and the trail is done!!

Hills???????? Do you like them lol I hope so as this is a climb like no other, long hard climbs, but the scenery is amazing!! so worth it, was gutted that the trail is over in minuets, it had you literally on the edge of your seat and needing new pants :-) but be a competent rider as one mistake could cost you a nice trip to A&E have fun and be careful.....................OnE LiFe RiDe It!

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Overall rating 
 
3.57
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
3.00
Skills Development 
 
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Trail Quality  
 
3.50
Facilities 
 
5.00

Minton Batch

Great facilities in Church Stretton and at Marsh Brook.
The Minton Batch descent is great fun and the size of the area means you can ride all day if you want

User Review

Good Points
Minton Batch, Carding Mill Valley if you happen to be there when it is quiet.
Bad Points
The descents are fun, but depending upon the route you pick the climb back up to the top can be tough.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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