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Shropshire's singletrack secrets

Barney Marsh

Shropshire's singletrack secrets

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

21:09 h

141 mi

16,500 ft

In the minds of many, Shropshire is defined as much by what it isn't as what it is: it's not quite Wales, it isn't quite the North, it doesn't have any cities, or any motorways running through it. But that's not to its detriment. It's a little corner of quintessentially English countryside; a county of steep hills, close, wooded valleys and small towns which almost feels a little detached from the rest of the country; it's utterly lovely — and it boasts some astonishingly fine mountain biking.

Perhaps the center for any two-wheeled off-road activity is Church Stretton, at the foot of the Long Mynd — and with good reason. The riding here is truly exceptional, with excellent climbs and descents to cater to any palate. The Minton Batch descent, in particular, has been revered for decades as a mountain biking classic, but don't be fooled—this is far from the only exceptional descent that the Long Mynd (or indeed, Shropshire as a whole) has to offer. Two of the Tours here start at Church Stretton, and it says much that, although they're both substantial in length, there's very little cross-over.

Ranging a little wider, this Collection boasts Tours which dip their toes into Wales (Stone Circles and Stiperstones) in the west, and Worcestershire (Up to the Wyre) in the east, and they offer something for everyone from riverside family pootles to blood-pumping adrenaline-fests.

The people of Shropshire seem to have a natural affinity for mountain biking; a surprising number of world-class riders hail from the region. Perhaps the geography has engendered a natural desire to get out and explore the woods and hills of the area—you'll feel the same once you've tasted the riding that Shropshire has to offer.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    02:20
    16.2 mi
    6.9 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Long Mynd (which means ‘long Mountain’) is a plate which runs roughly north to south smack bang in the middle of Shropshire. And it’s a little slice of heaven …

  • Difficult
    03:14
    19.3 mi
    6.0 mph
    3,000 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This Tour dips into a few of the glorious trails which surround Church Stretton. These ones, though, are somewhat less traveled than the renowned Minton Batch and the like to …

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    23.0 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This Tour is as interesting for its sights as its trails - it skirts (or goes through the middle of) some of the more fascinating aspects of Shropshire’s landscape, and …

  • Intermediate
    03:50
    29.3 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This is one of those rides which can go on for much longer if you want it to - a couple of locations are also home to a variety of …

  • Intermediate
    01:07
    8.63 mi
    7.7 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you're after a route which doesn't tax the legs or the lungs too much, then this is it. A pretty, short amble through some lovely countryside, with plenty of …

  • Intermediate
    03:30
    20.5 mi
    5.8 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The somewhat strangely named Clee Hills (for there are a few - it's very confusing) offer locals some excellent opportunities for cross-country style riding. By which I mean substantial distance, …

  • Difficult
    03:41
    23.6 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Just south of the amusingly-named Clun is a wonderful cornucopia of trails, and of course the marvellous Hopton Wood. As it stands, this route is not particularly technical, despite the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    141 mi
  • Duration
    21:09 h
  • Elevation
    16,500 ft

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Shropshire's singletrack secrets