The National Trust endorses mountain bike riding in the Shropshire Hills and with the help from local mountain bikers have written the following set of guidelines:
We’ve compiled recommendations on where to go mountain biking on the Long Mynd, what to do in bad weather and advice on best practice to share these routes with others. You can also download our mountain bike map for trails and information. Long Mynd MTB Map
The Long Mynd is predominantly open Moor, so you’ll need some navigational skill and a destination. The pay-off is the natural single-track that you’ll have mostly to yourself.
The Long Mynd offers variety and you’re faced with many riding choices on the map. We’ve highlighted the best trails – these can be mixed and matched to create your own route. All trails are legal rights of way or permissive routes; you can travel in any direction.
Share the trail
We share trails with walkers and horse riders, so be considerate to other users.
- Keep your speed under control
- Give way to walkers and horses
- On the road, be aware of cars – particularly on narrow steep single-track roads
- Give friendly warning when approaching walkers from behind
Best practice for passing horses
- Slow down
- Give verbal warning
- Pass downside where possible
Follow the trails
Keep to the bridleways and permissive routes. We’ve listed and plotted the best legal routes here. As you explore, you’ll see plenty of enticing single tracks but please keep to the trails. If you’re not sure where you can ride, ask or check a map.
Care for Long Mynd’s natural beauty
- Protect plants by not riding over them
- Be considerate to wildlife and livestock – slow down on approaching animals
- Take your litter home
- Many trails have gates – please close them to prevent livestock escaping
Take a jacket
The Long Mynd does not have many trees, which means great views but when the wind and rain start, you’ll be pushed to find shelter. So bring a jacket; it can be a pleasant day in Church Stretton but blowing a gale at Pole Cottage.
- Always carry a mobile phone and identification
- Ride within your ability
- Ensure your bike is safe to ride and be prepared for emergencies
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back
- Reflective materials on your clothes or bike can save your life
- ALWAYS wear a helmet
- Particular care should be taken on unstable or wet surfaces
- Remember, have fun and enjoy.