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Return of the Shropshire mountainbiking gem

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Mountain bikers on a downhill course

The Forestry Commission’s Hopton Woods, near Hopton Castle, will welcome cross country mountain bikers back to its trails after a 3 year break on the 10 March.

Come along between 10:30 and 2:30 to celebrate the completion by riding the 18km trail.

The route is classed as a red or difficult trail suitable for proficient mountain bikers with good off-road skills.  The sweeping descents, challenging climbs and rocky, rooty downhill sections have been honed to perfection by Dave Pearce of Pearce Cycles.

Dave tells us:

“ It has been great to be able to put Hopton Woods back on the cycling map of Shropshire, we have spent a lot of time ensuring that these trails are some of the best riding the county has to offer.”

Georgina Sharp Recreation Ranger for the Forestry Commission adds:

“It has taken several years to get Hopton back to a level that we are proud to carry the Forestry Commission badge and I’d like to thank riders for their patience whilst the trails were shut. Please come and join us on the 10th and see what a great job Dave has done, refreshments will be available and we are hoping that one of our local champions will be able to open the trail”

For more information on Hopton Woods and the work of the Forestry Commission in the Marches area visit or visit their facebook page at .  For Dave Pearce Cycles visit


Notes to Editor

  1. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside.  The West Midlands region covers the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and parts of Derbyshire and Leicestershire.   To find out more about Forestry Commission England visit

  2. Pearce Cycles is a family owned and run company that has been in the cycling business since 1991.  Lindsey and Dave Pearce are involved in the organisation of cycle sport at regional and national level. The Pearces are also involved in the development of cycling facilities for the future by close liason with landowners, cycling clubs, and forestry managers.  As well as organising races, hosting races for others, running open days, organising training and leisure rides.

  3. Media contact: Georgina Sharp (Recreation Ranger) at the Forestry Commission’s Mortimer Forest Office on 01584 813826 or 07826 875751 or email