A few words and pics from the 3 amigos (Jase, Gig and GGGMike) XC excursion to Long Mynd on Saturday. We were very lucky, the weather was perfect, the rain had stopped the sun was out and the riding was pretty cool. Its a bit like the Quantocks in terms of the scenery and terrain but the trails are very well marked, they are welcoming to riders and that shows in the route markings. It is also very popular with walkers and youths doing their Duke of Edinburgh awards. The trail or loop we followed was from MBR but you can just take the map and go up and down the valleys that run off. The trails are not very hard-core but very good, long and flowy with no really worries, so suitable for all abilities. The town of Church Stretton is very picturesque and makes a great base to start and end from.
Its worth t’ing this in with a longer loop if you want more of a days riding and is close to Hopton if you fancied that XC red marked trail as well.
Thanks for Mike for organising and seeking out this one and for Matt for the man company…..
So what is Long Mynd?
The Long Mynd is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a series of hills with steep gullies locally known as Batches. In fact Minton Batch is regularly featured in MBR and What Mountain Bike magazine as one of the best single track descents in the UK, and its only minutes away from our centre. The centre and trails have been featured in Single Track, MBR and MBUK. Also featured in video edits on Dirt and Wideopens websites.
Pole Bank, the highest point of Long Mynd is 516 metres above sea level and on a good day Snowdon, Cadair Idris and the Brecon Beacons can easily be seen as can the Malvern hills to the south. There are many excellent trails to explore and there are trails to suit everyone and every ability.
A bit more is here http://www.mtb-shropshire.co.uk/trails/