Long Mynd Mountain Bike Trails, England Hot
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.
- 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.
- You can access the Trail Map from the National Trust here.
Clubs and Groups
- Check out Stretton Hills Biking
Check out the Long Mynd Batch Burner 48km Mountain Bike Challenge
- 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
- 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.
|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
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.
A lot of climbing
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!
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