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On a Muddy Cwtch ride there's not a lot for you to think about, we've done all the planning. So just enjoy yourself.


South Shropshire

The south Shropshire hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of Shropshire and amongst many other things is the ultimate untapped mountain bike destination. Conveniently situated in the middle of the UK the train only takes 2.5 hours from London, 1.15 hrs from Birmingham and 2 hrs from Manchester (and just as easy by car).

Shropshire itself is just epically beautiful. Rolling hills in one direction, farmland in the other, high streets full of independent shops and more pubs, restaurants and coffee shops you can fit into a trip. It’s a place that’s constantly evolving, yet retains its timeless appeal. Visit once for a Muddy Cwtch ride and you’ll be back again.

We even convinced a few Londoners

Places to stay

Location of the ride may alter slightly depending on weather/terrain but the following accommodation options are roughly within half an hour radius of our start point.

In the South Shropshire hills you’ll find the small village Ratlinghope - there’s a lovely country pub with good food at The Bridges Pub or for a more budget option The Bridges YHA.

Shrewsbury is the closest town with lots to see, eat and do, beautiful small town based along the River Severn there are a number of B&Bs here including the lovely Ferndell within walking distance of town and boutique hotels in town including the Lion and Pheasant.

If you prefer more rural then The School House B&B is for you, countryside on your doorstep and still only half hour drive from Ludlow, a historic town known for it’s ‘foodie’ reputation.

The Bridges Pub Ratlinghope

YHA Bridges Ratlinghope

Ferndell Shrewsbury

Lion and Pheasant Shrewsbury

The School House Ludlow


The south Shropshire hills deliver the type of riding to leave you feeling satisfied, suitably challenged (whatever your skill set) and aching for more. Providing an excellent variety of tracks to suit all abilities there are too many areas to try and cram into two days.

Over the weekend you will become familiar with areas including the Long Mynd, an AONB with winding paths and rocky downhills. Church Stretton, renowned for it's natural single tracks and Hopton Woods, a downhill competition venue favourite.

“What I loved the most was riding around this striking and hugely varied landscape, which cleared my head in the most amazing way.”

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The food on a Muddy Cwtch ride is the fuel for the experience - tasty, satisfying and nutritionally sound. A qualified Nutritional Therapist I've given lots of thought to what breakfast will get you out of bed and up a hill, what lunch and snacks will keep you energised, focused and sustained and finally, what food will help you recover and prepare your mind and body for round two. You can expect meals cooked from scratch with limited wastage, recipes that can be repeated at home without faff and best of all, no liquid glucose in sight. Can’t promise there won’t be any kale though

What's on offer

  • We keep it small - maximum group size is four
  • Day rides or Weekenders
  • Weekenders include two nights accommodation
  • Nutritional support
  • Includes bike hire
  • For all abilities with rides determined by skill level
  • Day rides from £75 p/p
  • Weekenders from £250 p/p