The Long Mynd has been a biking destination for many years. Growing up in the area and riding bikes was great and now it’s even better to help develop and maintain what is one of the best riding spots in the U.K.
MTB Shropshire the National trust and other local organisations come up with the Long Mynd trail map. The map is an easy to follow way marked network of some of the best trails the U.K has to offer. It uses a simple numbered system to show you how to get around the Long Mynd.
The Long Mynd trail map has been in circulation for over 2.5 years now and is on it’s second version. With ever changing views towards mountain biking in the area, i’m pretty sure we will be seeing a bigger better map in the not to distant future.
The Long Mynd trails are ever changing with weather conditions, but you will always have a good ride! The beauty of the Long Mynd trail map is that your not confined to just doing your normal trail centre loop. You can mix and match your favourite trails, to make it the perfect ride.
Multiple magazines have visited us here at MTB Shropshire and in 2011 Minton Batch was nominated “trail of the year”
“The Shropshire Hills are up there with the best riding spots, overshadowed, possibly, by what’s just over the border in Wales. Minton Batch is a fantastic descent; fun and flowing, just one of a few we covered out on a shop ride with Shropshire Hills MTB this year. They recently produced a map of the area in cooperation with the National Trust, so get in touch with them if you want to find the good stuff.” Matt Hampton
“Minton Batch is singletrack heaven”
Shropshire has long held a place in the mtb Hall of Fame, with most of the best riding concentrated around the Long Mynd — a 15km whale-back ridge of pre-Cambrian rock that dominates the Marches skyline from miles around. In case you’re wondering about the name, it’s derived from just over the border in Wales, where Mynyd means mountain.
This ride, a short but sharp classic, hurdles that Long Mynd ridge twice, providing plenty of challenge for those that enjoy a climb, especially on the second pull over Stanbatch, which really does ask a few questions of legs and lungs. But it is all about one descent, Minton Batch, one of the finest ribbons of natural singletrack anywhere in the UK.
It kicks in easily, sloping away almost casually from the broad ridge-top drive, allowing you to build speed steadily but effortlessly as it slides sneakily down the hillside, brushing close to the infant stream as it goes. But slowly and surely it introduces the odd little techie section, usually when you least expect it, leaving you with a battle on your hands just to stay on-line, often with a sizeable drop down to your right hand side. Thankfully, it relinquishes its height gradually, enabling you to squeeze every last drop of pleasure out of the narrow, gravelly serpentine. But no matter how much you draw it out, it’s still guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
Ride the Long Mynd…