With steep climbs and views across Herefordshire and Worcestershire the Hills are an exciting place to cycle both on road and off road.
Cyclists are welcome to explore the Malvern Hills and Commons on the bridleways that cross this landscape. With over 56km of bridleways there are hilltops, wooded slopes and open commons to get to know.
Malverns by Mountain Bike
Malverns by Mountain Bike is a campaign by the Malvern Hills Trust and local mountain bikers.
The aim of this project is to encourage responsible mountain biking on the Malvern Hills and Commons so cyclists can enjoy and experience this landscape in a way that protects this special place for the future.
We're working to provide better information for cyclists before they head out onto the Hills and to improve access for cyclists once they're here! Some of the important parts of this project are listed below.
Map and guide
Our map and guide is now available from our offices, local tourist information centres, cafe, and local bike shops. With all the bridleways on the Hills and Commons marked it will provide information for cyclists to plan their routes before heading out and check their route whilst out on the Hills and Commons. Links are available above to download an electronic copy (large files).
Permissive cycle paths
As part of the project, we've recognised that the bridleway network on the Malvern Hills is disjointed and incomplete in places. To help improve access on the Hills we have created a number of permissive paths to allow cyclists to better explore this amazing landscape.
All the permissive paths can be viewed on our new walking and cycling map and guide. Click on the link below for a full list of the new permissive paths.
New permissive cycle paths (PDF)
To help visitors find their way around the bridleways of the Hills we will be installing three waymarked cycling trails. A Short, Medium and Long route will provide easy to follow adventures for cyclists. Route cards with maps and directions for the three routes will be available, as will a GPX file for the trails for those who use a bike computer or smartphone on their rides.
The trails will not be graded in relation to their difficulty and will include some of the new permissive cycle paths.
The first of these trails (Short route) will be installed this spring! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the project.
Looking for something more adventurous?
There is very little single track and downhill to be found on the Malvern Hills. Due to the large number of other visitors you can expect to find on the Malverns, if you're looking for something a little more technical, or somewhere to up the pace, the below may offer more suitable terrain and facilities.
Forest of Dean Cycling Centre
Ribbesford Bike Park, Wyre Forest
Cwmcarn, Newport, South Wales
BikePark Wales, Merthyr Tydfil
417 Project, Cheltenham