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Explore Hopton Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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

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
5 Stars 5 Stars

Wow!! first time using this site the other day and i was very impressed. As a novice mountain biker i stayed on the warm up loop and 'qualifier' route this visit and thoroughly enjoyed myself. excellent variety of terrain and the climbs on these routes are kept short. went on a weekday during term time and didn't come across any other riders!! cant wait to go back!!!!

Jo, 26/Mar/2015
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
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Last updated: 09/23/2015

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  • 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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