Cycling

With steep climbs and views across Herefordshire and Worcestershire the Hills are an exciting place to cycle both on road and off road.

As is the case across most of England, cycling off road is permitted on the bridleways of the Hills and Commons. With over 56km of bridleways there are hilltops, wooded slopes and open commons to explore. 

 


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.   We ask all cyclists to follow the cycling code so these important features are protected for the future.

  • 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

Planning your ride

Here's all the information you'll need to know about where to mountain bike and ride safely on the Hills.

Mountain biking on the Hills (PDF)

We've provided maps of bridleways so you can plan your route before you head out.

Cycling family Malvern Hills

Mountain biking campaign

We're working on a project to promote safe and responsible cycling on the Hills with local mountain bikers. We'll be providing updates on our work throughout the project.

Responsible mountain biking campaign plan (PDF)

The project will include providing more information for cyclists to help them find their way on the bridleways of the Hills and Commons and raising awareness of the importance of responsible cycling.


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)