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Explore Hopton Wood
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

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.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

As an unsure aspiring red biker I loved the qualifying trail. Gave me loads of confidence. The Pearce trail is great.

I would like better signage. I know it is a pain but I struggled twice and I have seen from the feedback that one or two have 'accidentally' gone down the black trails.

As a relative beginner this would have been an issue for me.

However, loved my day well done all.

Steve, 21/May/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Go and enjoy, there is nothing to dislike.

It is a superb set up, for free. Challenging, fast, steep, tricky, what else do you want. There is nothing there but parking, the trails and the trees. Beautiful.

Keen MTBer, 9/Apr/2017
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
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Last updated: 17th November 2017

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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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0300 0676977

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