The Venues: Round 3 – Hopton Woods

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Round 3 – Hopton Woods Elite Races UCI Class 2

The south Shropshire Hills venue is best known as a downhill venue, the woods have benefited from the development by Dave Pearce of Pearce Cycles of extensive cross country trails.

Hopton Wood is situated eight miles south-west of Craven Arms, off the B4385 to Clun adjacent to the village of Hopton Castle.


  • From North West: M6 to junction 10A, M54/A5 to Shrewsbury; A49/B4368 to Hopton Castle.
  • From Midlands: A456 from M5 junc. 3 via Kidderminster, Tenbury Wells.
  • From South West: A449/A40/A49 from M4 junc. 24 via Monmouth, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow.

From A49 at Craven Arms. Turn onto B4368 signposted Clun. In approx. 2 miles turn left onto B4367 signposted Knighton. Drive through Clungunford to Hopton Heath. Turn right, over railway bridge and then immediately left towards Hopton Castle. Follow narrow road to Hopton Castle. PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION HERE. Turn left by the castle and follow MTB Race signs along Bedstone Lane to parking field on your right side.

The nearest postcode is SY7 0QF but SatNav will take you straight on at Hopton Castle towards the wrong end of the woods.  Abandon SatNav when you enter Hopton Castle village and see the left turn to Bedstone.

Venue website: Forestry Commission - Hopton Woods