Eastridge Woods Mountain Bike Trails, England Hot
Eastridge Woods mountain bike trails are in a hilltop woodland setting in the Shropshire Hills near the town of Minsterley in England. The woodland terrain is rooty, rocky and as you would expect prone to a little bit of mud. There is a short 1.6km blue trail, an 8km red trail and 2 short downhill tracks.
All in all Shropshire has a pretty decent MTB scene going on.
Easty Blue (Blue)
- The Easty Blue is graded a moderate blue waymarked trail and is 2.8 km (1.6 miles) long. Expect a wide trail with a loose surface that is uneven and can be muddy. Most of the trail is on wide forest roads with one section (the beginning up-hill section) on an unsurfaced track. Once you get up the hill it is a gentle sweep back down to the car park.
Revelation Trail (Red)
- The Revelation trail is graded a difficult red and is a 8Km (5 miles) waymarked route. The trail surface is rocky, rooty, muddy, uneven, loose surface with steep climbs and sharp descents. There are tight corners, berms, rocks, drops and logs. Look out for Eastbridge's characteristic exposed roots and sharp jagged rocks. It has quite a reputation and folk either love or hate the trail it seems. Devised by the Eastridge Trail Partnership, a group of local riders.
98 DH (Orange)
- The 98 DH is graded severe and is a 0.8km (0.5 miles) descent. This track is for experienced mountain bikers only. Along the routes you will find berms, descents, jumps and turns.
Student Champs Downhill
- The Students Champs Downhill trail is as the name suggests used for this competition and is 0.5km (0.3 miles) in length
Groups and Clubs
- The Eastridge Trail Partnership is a group of local riders working with the Forestry Commission to improve the riding in these woods. So far the ETP have worked to link up the best bits of trail in the wood to bring about the Revelation trail. If you are interested in getting involved contact the ETP through their facebook page
- Also check out Stretton Hills Biking
The Forestry commission have put together a helpful trail map. You can find it here.
- The trail was made possible with the Forestry Commission working with the local community.
- If you have ridden any of these mountain bike trails at Eastrridge Woods then please come share your experience with us and maybe write a short review. Many thanks.
Eastridge is a hidden gem. There's a good selection of old school downhill trails which are easily rideable on a modern full susser but can still be really challenging. The red route is also a blast, with optional extras if you know your way around, but maybe not enough on it's own to warrant a big drive down. There are also a few hidden tracks which are steep as you like and awesome fun! Once you learn where the fire roads go you can ride back up to the top of the DH tracks in about 10 - 20 mins and have another rip!
Would not recommend to someone who is not used to really rough terrain and sketchy riding and in the wet it is a different beast.
The Eastridge trail partnership keep the trails in tip top condition and are all volunteers, hats off to you lads and lasses.
You'll either love it or you'll hate it!
Please dont come even though I recommend it...its ours...my precious!!
A great place to go if you are in the area (I was on my way back from Hopton Woods).
A small car park leads to a well marked red trail and lots of off piste trails.
The red trail is short but quite technical and flows really well for a short trail.
As mentioned above I don't think its worth a specific journey but if you find yourself in the area with your bike a an hour or so its certainly worth a diversion.
Small car park and that's it so go prepared.
Eastridge - great Singletrack!
I hadn't been to Eastridge since '94 until this year. I remembered it being good and it still was. The trails were ace :)
I didn't ride a marked route as such, many of the trails start at the high point in the center, and descend from there in all directions. Each descent was great, they were fast, techy. A full weekend of fun was had. There might not be much variety but why have something different from awesome wooded singletrack techy descent!
Eastridge has been used for riding and racing for years but kind of fell out of favour. Luckily the Eastridge Trail Partnership (look them up of Facebook) got together and sorted the trails, constructing an excellent red trail. It may only be around 10km long but it's go some gutsy climbs and steep descents.