Cycling

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.

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Launch of new Map and Guide

We're pleased to announce the launch of a new, free, walking and cycling map and guide for the Malvern Hills and Commons.

Bridleways that cross this iconic landscape are clearly shown to help cyclists plan their route and find their way.

Advice about enjoying this shared landscape in a responsible way is also provided on side one.  Please help us to care for the precious heritage and sensitive wildlife of the Hills and Commons, and fellow visitors too.

The map and guide is available from our offices, local Tourist Information Centres, cafes, bike shops, and other visitor attractions.

Copies of the map and guide can also be downloaded below - please note that these files are large due to the detailed mapping within the guide. 

Map and Guide, side one - Northern and Central Hills (PDF, 9.7mb)

Map and Guide, side two - Southern Hills and Castlemorton Common (PDF, 4.5mb)

 

We have been working closely with local mountain bikers to produce this map and guide.  
This is part of our Malverns by Mountain Bike project that we've been working on.  Scroll down to find out more.


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)

Waymarked Trails

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.


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Cycling code

The Hills and Commons are a shared landscape with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with many nationally protected habitats and archaeology.  

Please help us to look after the Hills and Commons for the future by following the following tips.

  • 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, bend or other blind spots where people could appear without warning
  • Carry a bell and use it, 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 holiday and you may enjoy your ride more by cycling outside the busiest periods

 

Check out British Cycling's Trail Smart video below for more tips!


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


Get Trail Smart!

Check out British Cycling’s mountain bike skill videos to prepare yourself for some great riding on our trails. From knowing what to pack through to finding your flow: there are video guides for all levels of rider.

 

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/trailsmart

There are few things better than experiencing the freedom of the trails on two wheels but, to make them an enjoyable experience for all and to preserve the environment, there are a some simple rules of etiquette you should follow.


Electric bikes

Electric bikes are permitted on the bridleways of the Hills and Commons if they meet the EPAC (Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles) requirements.

The requirements are:

  • the bike must have pedals that can be used to propel it
  • the electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15.5mph
  • the motor shouldn’t have a maximum power output of more than 250 watts

It must also display one item from each of the following:

  • the power output or manufacturer of the motor
  • the battery’s voltage or maximum speed of the bike

Any electric bike that doesn’t meet the EAPC rules needs to be registered and taxed and cannot be ridden anywhere on the Hills and Commons. You’ll need a driving licence to ride one and you must wear a crash helmet.

The vehicle will also need to be ‘type approved’ to make sure it’s safe to use on the road.

Electric Bikes (GOV.UK)