Off-Road Cycling & Mountain Bike Routes in the Midlands

The Midlands is a great area for Mountain Biking and Off-Road cycling in general. It has the Peak District, the Shropshire Hills, dedicated trail centres like Cannock Chase as well as a network of canal paths and bridleways.

Oakamoor, Staffordshire

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This Mountain Bike route lies just south of the Peak District, taking you on bridleways, rural lanes and the Churnet Valley Cycleway (aka Oakamoor to Denstone Greenway). Be aware that parts of the route are on footpaths, so to stay … read more

Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

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Cannock Chase is home to several dedicated Mountain Bike Trails including 3 leisure trails, 2 cross-country trails and several downhill trails. They are built and maintained by local volunteer group Chase Trails in partnership with the Forestry Commission. Cannock Chase … read more

Biddulph Valley Way, Cheshire & Staffordshire

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This Mountain Bike route is almost all off-road and uses long stretches of the Biddulph Valley Way and Canal towpaths. It includes some great views of the local countryside including Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve and Chatterley Whitfield Country Park. Parts … read more

Trent & Mersey Canal

Downs Banks, Staffordshire

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This route uses canals, cycle lanes and bridleways to form an enjoyable cross-country Mountain Bike ride. Highlights of the ride include a fantastic woodland descent near Lightwood and off-road trails at Downs Banks.… read more

Bathpool Park, Staffordshire

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This is a pleasant off-road cycling route using some of the local canal paths and dedicated cycle lanes. Main features include the Etruria Industrial Museum, Westport Lake and of course Bathpool Park itself.… read more

Hanchurch Woods, Staffordshire

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This Mountain Bike route covers some of the best climbs and descents to be found at Hanchurch Woods. The ride starts on road and then continues on bridleways and fire roads… read more