Cycling is a fantastic way to explore the area and most trains allow at least two bikes to be carried, if you’re visiting from a little further afield.
You can hire bikes from several places including http://www.malvernbikehire.co.uk in Malvern and http://www.ledburycyclehire.co.uk/ at Ledbury Train station, which is just a stone’s throw from the AONB.
Old Kennels Farm in Ledbury Cider offers Cycle Hire and Holiday Cottages. Find out more here.
‘By Bike in the Foothills of the Malverns’ features four on- road cycle routes available for a range of abilities;
Colwall & Cradley
Length: 15 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Climbs: Undulating but no climbs, so suitable for families and occasional riders
Start: Colwall Railway Station
British Camp & Bromesberrow
Length: 32km/ 20 miles
Time: 2.5 – 4 hours
Climbs: One prolongued climb, so less suitable for children and inexperienced riders
Start: British Camp, Colwall or Ledbury
Storridge & Knightwick
Length: 42km / 26 miles
Time: 3-5 hours
Climbs: Include three prologued climbs
Start: Leigh Village Hall of the Talbot at Knightwick
Round the AONB route
Length: 96.5km / 60 miles
Time: Allow a day including pub lunch
Joins the three routes above
If off-road cycling is more your interest, then there are two maps which can be purchased from local Tourist Information Centres, bookshops or cycle shops. These feature 14 routes.
There are also three signposted mountain bike trails on the Malvern Hills. The guides and maps can be downloaded from the Malvern Hills Trust website, or picked up at Tourist Information Centres.
- Please only cycle on bridleways. It is illegal to cycle on the footpaths
- Please do not ride on archaeological monuments including the British Camp, Shire Ditch and Midsummer Hill
- Always give way to walkers and horse riders
- Be courteous and patient with other path users who may be moving more slowly than you
- Cycle at a sensible speed
- Be particularly careful at junctions, bends or other blind spots where people could appear without warning
- Use your bike bell, or call out to avoid surprising people. Don’t assume people can see and hear you
- The Hills can be busy at weekends and bank holidays and you may enjoy your ride more by cycling outside the busiest periods