Hiking in the West Midlands Region

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MTB trails in the West Midlands region come in every variation and guarantee a fantastic day out whether you’re after adrenaline-pumping drops or serene riverside routes. Spanning six counties and home to multiple Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) plus a labyrinth of pretty canals, off-road days are easy to enjoy. 

You’ll find some of the best mountain bike trails in the West Midlands region amongst the rolling Shropshire Hills. Here, challenge yourself down outstanding singletrack and sweat your way up bracken-covered slopes. In the north east, mountain biking in Cannock Chase AONB provides flowing family trails alongside expert routes that will set your heart alight. And place it in your mouth. 

Cross-country tracks and bridleways sprawl across the region and you’re never far from a village cafe, a lovely view or a car park.

Intermediate
03:58
8.41 mi
Difficult
05:21
11.6 mi
Intermediate
03:41
7.92 mi
Intermediate
02:35
5.48 mi
Intermediate
03:52
8.21 mi
Intermediate
02:24
5.08 mi
Intermediate
03:25
7.18 mi
Intermediate
02:21
5.37 mi
Intermediate
04:48
9.90 mi
Intermediate
03:27
7.30 mi
Intermediate
02:07
4.43 mi
Intermediate
04:09
8.38 mi
Intermediate
03:31
7.31 mi
Intermediate
03:04
6.33 mi
Intermediate
02:52
6.03 mi
Intermediate
04:45
10.2 mi
Difficult
06:03
13.1 mi
Difficult
04:52
10.5 mi
Easy
01:43
3.42 mi
Intermediate
02:57
7.15 mi

Top 20 best walks and hikes in the West Midlands Region

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    Intermediate
    03:58
    8.41 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Difficult
    05:21
    11.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    03:41
    7.92 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    4
    Intermediate
    02:35
    5.48 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    5
    Intermediate
    03:52
    8.21 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    6
    Intermediate
    02:24
    5.08 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    7
    Intermediate
    03:25
    7.18 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Intermediate
    02:21
    5.37 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    04:48
    9.90 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    10
    Intermediate
    03:27
    7.30 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    02:07
    4.43 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Intermediate
    04:09
    8.38 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    13
    Intermediate
    03:31
    7.31 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    14
    Intermediate
    03:04
    6.33 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    15
    Intermediate
    02:52
    6.03 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Intermediate
    04:45
    10.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    17
    Difficult
    06:03
    13.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    18
    Difficult
    04:52
    10.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.
    19
    Easy
    01:43
    3.42 mi
    2.0 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Intermediate
    02:57
    7.15 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

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Adventuring along the Welsh border

Walks in the West Midlands are so varied that you’ll always be able to choose a trail that suits your mood, ability and the weather. Shropshire and Herefordshire are the two counties in the region that border Wales to the west. The trails you can explore here include the exquisite paths along the Wye Valley AONB where you’ll have forest cover and the blissful River Wye running alongside. Trails following the river just south of Ross-on-Wye are some of the most beautiful in the area and you’ll find pubs, villages and deep woodlands along the way. 

Set into a phenomenal landscape for walking, the stunning town of Ludlow is worth strolling through with its extraordinary historic buildings. On the edge of the Shropshire Hills AONB, you’ve got an immense trail system laid out right before you. This upland region is eye-catching with its large, rounded hills, many adorned by a pretty mix of forest and moorland.

The highest hill in the area is Brown Clee and if you climb it on a clear day, you might be lucky enough to glimpse Snowdonia and the Brecons in the far distance. Even if the horizon is hazy, this 1,771-foot (540 m) summit gives you sweeping views of the nearby countryside. 

Roaming in the Malverns

The Malvern Hills AONB is undoubtedly the place to go for some of the best hiking trails in the West Midlands for stunning views. Climbing the Herefordshire Beacon on a clear day is guaranteed to provide unbelievable views of the surrounding landscape, far and wide. This Iron Age hill fort is cherished by local and visiting hikers all year round for its supreme vistas. There are some lovely wooded trails immediately below the beacon to explore as well. 

Just to the north, you can hike the higher Worcestershire Beacon too which has similarly astounding views and plentiful trails to surrounding summits and woodlands. 

Notable historic sites in the West Midlands

Being England, the West Midlands has so many historic sites that you’ll be tripping over them. If you fancy eating your sandwiches in the grounds of a castle, Kenilworth, Warwick, Stafford and Ludlow are just a few excellent examples. 

Your hikes in the West Midlands can even take you to Roman towns, like Wall in Staffordshire. Wroxeter, one of the largest Roman cities in Britain, is a highlight amongst routes on the outskirts of Shrewsbury and a brilliant place to explore with children. Continue your walk at the nearby woodlands and climb the Wrekin, a hill with splendid views.

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