Mountain Bike Trails in West Midlands

The West Midlands is a serene place to go mountain biking. A sampling of some of the trails in the area include Astwood Bank Trails, Baggeridge Park Dirt Jumps, Birmingham Wheels Bke Park, Black DH Trail – Cannock, Bringewood DH, Brinton Skate Park, Bucknell, Cawston Trails, Cerney Jump Spot, Chained Oak Trails, Clent Hills, Corbett BMX Track, Dimminsdale Trails, Dosthill Trail, Ducklington Trails, Eastridge Brown Trail, Eastridge Downhill Trails, Follow the Dog Trail – Cannock, Hanchurch Woods, Holbrooks Skate Bowl, Hopton Downhill Trail, Hopton Wood Red Trail, Hopwas Woods, Keele Dirt Jumps, Kenilworth Dirt Jumps, Kinver BMX Track, Kinver BMX Track, Leamington Spa 4X Track, Longford Skate Park, Market Drayton Skate Park, Meole Brace Trails, Midhurst Dirt Jumps, Nuneaton BMX Track, Nuneaton Skate Park, Perdiswell Skate Park, Red DH Trail – Cannock, Red Hills Dirt Jumps, Redditch Skate Park, Redhill Skate Park, Ribbesford Downhill Trails, Stratford Dirt Jumps, Stratford Skatepark, Swindon Trails, amworth Skate Park, The Front – Weymouth Skatepark, The Wrekin & Ercall Trails, Whittington Trails, and Wyre Forest.

While some of the aforementioned names are not exactly trails, and instead skate parks, mountain bikes have facility in both arenas. Whereas a road bike may only have ability on a paved road, mountain bikes can freely enter both arenas. However, let’s take a look at some of the most popular trails in the West Midlands for mountain bikers.

Chase Trails is one of the most popular mountain biking trails in the country located in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. It is located in between Stafford, Cannock, and Rugeley, juxtaposed in between. The variance in landscapes of open heathland and intermingling forests with additional professionally maintained mountain bike trails has given the Chase Trails a reputation for a superb cycling experience across the spectrum from beginners to adults. There are options for cross country, downhill, and leisure cycling in the area, and there is also bike hire shops available and even Chase trail maps so you can know the best spots to ride. The website maintains its own forum for people to hook up and talk and find out how to cycle together for fun. Chase Trails was started by volunteer mountain bikers who gave up countless hours in starting it up and also contributed lots of money to building it. It is both physically and technically challenging and difficult to go through, but the mountain bikers essentially tailored it to just how the liked it.

There are a few other routes in the area like the Birmingham Edgebaston Canals Cycle Route that gives people a good view of the historic canal route, the Sutton Coldfield to Abbots Bromley Cycle route that resembles the other Sutton to Abbots Bromley route, the Sutton Coldfield to Stonnal Circular Cycle route that is homogenous road route with tons of hills similar to the other route that borrows its name partially, the Sutton Coldfield to Erdington and Wishaw Circular Cycle Route, and the Coventry to Leicester Houghton On The Hill Cycle Route. Each has its charms.

Like many cyclists, I've been riding since I was very young and despite now being less-young, I love it just as much. I've done my time on road bikes, have cycled throughout the UK, including Lands End to John O' Groats (yes, uphill!) and now have fun on a mountain bike, in the hills and doing charity bike rides.