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No. of Trails: 3
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Just off the A49, south of Church Stretton.

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Description:-
The Shropshire Hills area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in the English county of Shropshire, close to its border with Wales. The area encompasses 802 square kilometres (310 sq mi) of land primarily in south-west Shropshire. The A49 road and Welsh Marches Railway Line bisects the area north-south, passing through or near Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow.

Within the Shropshire Hills, is the Long Mynd, located near Church Stretton, which covers an area of 5,436 acres (8½ square miles). It peaks at Pole Bank at a height of 516 metres (1,693 feet).

This area provides some of the best and most scenic riding routes in the UK. The hills cover a great many different types of terrain including roads, bridleways, fields, moors, forest drives and batches.


Trails at Long Mynd

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Minton Batch10.14341.5 Moderate Moderate
The Long Mynd27.813495.5 Moderate Very Hard
Plush Hill & Carding Mill10.96051.5 Moderate Moderate

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cotic29 gave this trail 5 stars about 2 years ago
jgibbard gave this trail 5 stars about 5 years ago

Minton Batch


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Length: 10.1 Miles
Ascent: 434 m
Time: 1.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Description:-
Long slog up the fire road, amazingly fast and long, technical decent down!
Despite the title THIS IS NOT THE MINTON BATCH DESCENT, but the route uses a longer, faster, but less technical descent into Little Stretton. See The Long Mynd route below for Minton Batch.

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The Long Mynd


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Length: 27.8 Miles
Ascent: 1349 m
Time: 5.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Very Hard
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Description:-
This trail takes in some of the best climbs and descents that Long Mynd has to offer. It starts with a particularly tough tarmac climb up The Burway (voted number 39 on the list of the top 100 climbs in the UK) but from then on, it is mostly free flowing trail or fast singletrack. Each of the climbs and descents spiral out from Pole Bank, the high point of the ridge (516m; 1,693ft) so you can pick and choose which ones to do if time (or energy) runs short. There are five climbs in total and it will take around 5 hours to complete the entire route, including rest time.

The first descent, into Carding Mill Valley, is quite technical in places and you may also encounter walkers along the way. Thankfully the trail is quite wide and visibility is good along the majority of the descent so this shouldn't be an issue. The descent into Minton Batch (4th Descent) is also listed as a separate trail, above, and a favourite amongst local riders.

Long Mynd is one of my favourite rides in the UK and it has something to offer everyone. I hope you enjoy the ride.

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Plush Hill & Carding Mill


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Length: 10.9 Miles
Ascent: 605 m
Time: 1.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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This shorter route takes in the descents of Plush Hill and Carding Mill Valley. The route starts with a steep tarmac climb up the Burway and the reward is a very fast grassy descent over the top of the ridge and down the side of Plush Hill. A second climb back to the top of the ridge brings you to Carding Mill Valley which is the highlight of this route: A fast rocky descent with soak-aways and small drop-offs.

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