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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Latest News (06/12/2016 14:34)

*Latest News*

Warm up trail and Qualifier closed from Wednesday 07/12.

We will reopen it once the timber has been moved to roadside and the trail checked.

Forestry Work is about to start in Hopton Woods.

This is a wide scale thinning operation which will take some weeks to complete depending on the weather and ground conditions.

We will need to shut sections of trail as the work progresses and will try to keep these closures as short as it is safe to do so.

There will be a few days when the car park and access road will be closed so we can safely fell the trees around it.

-Believe closure signs,
-Keep away from stacked timber,
-Expect to meet forest machinery and timber wagons,
-Give us time to check trails are safe to re-open,
-Spread the word to avoid wasted journeys,
-Keep an eye our facebook page for the latest updates


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.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Superb xc loop, constantly changing and challenging especially when it's wet. Takes about 90 mins but can easily add on other blue routes to add 30 mins extra.

Anonymous, 6/Nov/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Top xc loop. Downhill sections are awesome. Huge jumps. Super fast. Bring a big hitting bike and ride this track like you stole the bike.

Jc, 23/Oct/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Having visited in February and found it sticky to say least. I thought a summer review was in order and its a different animal when dry fast flowy with some great technical bits. Be prepared for sone lung busting climbs. The black downhill is worth a try. Only wish the forestry commission would build another trail as there is definitely room. The blue could be improved. Definitely worth a visit.

Hammo, 4/Jul/2015
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Last updated: 29th February 2016

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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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Recreation Ranger
0300 0676977­

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