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Hopton Woods is the home of mountain biking in Shropshire.  Come and test yourself out on the warm-up loop before heading into the wood proper.

Dave Pearce on the Pearce XC Trail. Hopton Woods. Shropshire

All the trails at Hopton are largely unsurfaced so the way they ride changes according to the weather and the season.  Please ride within your ability (and that of your bike) and with appropriate safety gear.

Walkers Welcome

Walkers are welcome in this wood.  For your safety we recommend you don't walk the bike trails.

Warm-up Loop

Prepare yourself for the ride by warming up on this short route (or use it to extend the distance of the main route).  You can ride this loop as a short moderate ride or take the qualifer path to test your skills.

Moderate Trails

For the novice biker with some off road experience the Hopton Blue starts from the Bedstone Hill car park and offers just over 4km of wide tracks to develop your skills on.  The moderate section of the Warm-up Loop is approximately 1km.

Pearce XC

12.6km of flowing descents and lung busting climbs and stunning views which are bound to put a smile on your face. This trail has been built in partnership with Pearce Cycles of Ludlow.

Downhill Trails

There are three downhill trails here for the experienced downhill rider.

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What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Excellent trails, really good fun with vairous challanging sections. Will definitely be back. Also deserted which makws for a peaceful ride. I was asked by the ranger to look out for suspicious behaviour, people on quads or motorbikes and report it to the number printed on the information point. A bench had been stolen ( sawn off at ground level) thw bight before. Lets look aftwr this place!

Anonymous, 31/May/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Superb flowing trails and some lung busting climbs plus a major bonus is that it's pretty much deserted which is a novelty as I usually ride Cannock chase which on a weekend is a complete traffic jam. Can't wait to go again!

Anonymous, 27/Aug/2013
5 Stars 5 Stars

Awesome trail - loved the Pearce so much so I'm itching to go around again. It is physically demanding and made some of our group use special vocabulary. Thoroughly recommend it for those of a more athletic nature (the XC route anyway)

Matt from Might Contain Nuts, 15/Aug/2013
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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Gradient (hard)
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • There are two picnic tables in the car park.
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OS Grid ref: SO 355 784
Postcode: SY7 0QF

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Georgina Sharp
Recreation Ranger
01584 813826­

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