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The Wrekin and the Ercall

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Technical single track with steep drop offs and lots of rocks and roots to throw you off. The Wrekin is an extinct volcano which has a steep side and a slightly less steep side. This means that you can cycle up along a wide fire road that is still pretty challenging. It's generally a fifteen minute granny ring grind to the summit. Once there you can admire the views of the Shropshire plains before you and the Welsh montains in the distance or you can return along the same path back which will generally annoy the hundreds of walkers present at the weekends. The best way is perhaps to drop down the far side and tackle the seriously steep slope there. It's one of those that you look back up and think how did I manage that. There's a smaller fire road that winds back around the base. Perhaps better is the adjacent The Ercall which has a myriad of trials and is well used by the local MTB fraternity and you can often spot some of the local pro DH riders out practicing such is the quality of some of the routes.The distance covered is not great but you spend your time criss crossing trials from different angles. Within an hours drive are a lot of National level courses such as Ludlow, Eastridge and Nantwarr which makes this a cool place for a weekend of riding.
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Latitude
52.66607683841563
Longitude
-2.5560379028320312
Trail Directions
From the M6 go onto the M54. Head along the M54 until you reach the Wellington turn off (it's the last one as after it becomes an A road. You can see the Wrekin on the left from the motorway. When you pull off the motorway simply turn left and this country road will take you straight to the foot of the Wrekin.
Trail Length
As little or as much as you want.
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Telford, Shropshire
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Andy , from Birmingham

Summary:
Glad to see some of you are concerned about not annoying the walkers, myself and lady just missed being badly injured by a wide eyed adrenalin junkie with no brakes (or he didn't wan't to use them)!



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Review Date
January 3, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Michael , from UK/Taiwan/Germany

Summary:
Thought I'd just update my original review. I've just come back from a visit home and another bash around this area. An old mtb buddy showed me all the new trails up there. The once fast but not so technical fire road decent from the top of the wrekin has improved with a new section near the top. From the top follow the main fireroad down past the TV mast and past the row of trees. When you come to the steep drop which has been partially concreted there's a stick fence lying on the floor to the left just before the drop down. Take this and some eager beavers have cut out a tight twisty and steep short run to miss out the whole fireroad section complete with some bermed turns. It's fast and very smooth (well done whoever created it and you don't annoy all the walkers too!). You then rejoin the fireroad until the halfway house. Here you can either follow the fireroad down, go straight on on to a tight and tecnical singletrack section that ends with a steep scree drop down to the bottom, or turn left down another fire road. Once through a tree trunk sawn in half look for a trail running off from the right and you will find a nice little gem of single track which is rooty and drains very well (it was ridable even after the Autumn from hell) and it spits you out on to the front of the wrekin near the shooting range.

Recommended Route:
The newly made downhill on the wrekin itself and the downhill course on the Ercall.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Just look in the mags as they seem to have rediscovered the wonders of Shropshire for mtbing.



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Review Date
May 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Dan , from shropshire

Summary:
this place kicks ass, its fun theres loads of stuff to do, bombholes, downhills, xc(if your that way inclined).

Recommended Route:
I use the down hill off the top of the Ercall and hed down, goes through single track the on to rocky sections and then into the bottom carpark

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ludlow, hope-under-dinmoor, hopton castle, eastridge, bewdley.



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Review Date
January 24, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Dunc , from coventry

Summary:
This place kicks ass! Pack a clean pair of shorts, and some sh*t hot brakes - you will need them !

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Also, try riding down the Quarry near the woods.



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