This Mountain Bike route includes two monster climbs and some equally mega descents!. There are panoramic views from the Long Mynd ridgeline and some gnarly singletrack on the renowned Minton Batch descent.
Some sections of Minton Batch are quite rocky in places so please bear this in mind before attempting the descent.
The route starts in Church Stretton which offers plenty of parking in the town centre and also at Carding Mill Valley. I parked in the town at the Easthope Road Car Park which cost just £2 for 4 hours. It’s also conveniently located next to a Co-Op store in case you need to stock up on last-minute supplies. There are public toilets nearby which is handy for changing out of muddy clothes.
As you leave the car park take a right onto High Street. Then after about a ¼ of a mile go left towards Carding Mill Valley. Continue along this road for a few hundred metres until you reach a cattle grid marking the start of the car park. Carding Mill Valley is part of the Shropshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is maintained by the National Trust.
The site has a good quantity of parking spaces as well as a tea room and shop. Continue through the car park until you reach the trail. The start of the trail is stoney but relatively easy to ride on. Although the track is wide enough, the Long Mynd is very popular with walkers, so please bear this in mind and be considerate to others.
- Some fantastic singletrack descents with technical sections
- Epic panoramic views across the Shropshire AONB
- Most of the route rideable
- 80%+ of the route Off-Road
- Lots of parking and facilities available including toilets, shops and food
- First climb is very long and some sections may require walking
- Minton Batch gets very wet during the winter months
- Some descents feel quite short given the amount of elevation gained