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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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

I have given this 3 stars there are 5 star moments great technical descents and tough long climbs. However there are 2 sections of the trail that are pure clay that sticks to everything. Probably best visited in the summer.

Hammo, 9/Feb/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

PEARCE xc This is a real gem and well worth seeking out! Yes, the climbs are tough but you are rewarded with tremendous variety and a range of challenges all within a reasonably short circuit. There's a less groomed feel to much of the trail which is a real plus in my book. Combine with Eastridge or do another loop if your legs can cope!

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Donski, 4/Jan/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

A group of us who usually ride Cannock Chase came over and were not disappointed. You're thrown straight into the rooty technical stuff from the off and it doesn't let up. If you've ridden the Monkey on the Chase then you've got the skills for this trail but it's a lot quieter and loads more fun.It left 4 guys in their 30's and 40's grinning like loons when we'd finished.

Mat Harris , 1/Nov/2014
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What's Here?

  • Mountain biking
  • Gradient (hard)
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • There are two picnic tables in the car park.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO 355 784
Postcode: SY7 0QF

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Georgina Sharp
Recreation Ranger
0300 0676977­

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