Mountain bikers improve access for visitors

A group of eager mountain bikers gathered on Saturday to improve access for visitors to the Malvern Hills.

Thirteen local riders gave their time on Saturday to clear scrub from a popular bridleway on Pinnacle Hill.

The sweeping contour path from Holywell to the ridgeline is a popular walking and cycling route however access was being impeded by overgrown vegetation.  The wonderful work of the volunteers has improved sight-lines along sections of this bridleway and created more passing areas for visitors travelling here. 

Beck, Community and Conservation Officer said ‘We’d like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to put something back into the Hills we know and love.  In the winter sunshine, everyone got stuck into tackling prickly gorse and broom to open up access for visitors, whether they’re on foot or on two wheels.’

Over the last few years the Trust has been working with local mountain bikers on a responsible mountain biking campaign. A free walking and cycling map and guide was published last year and two of three signposted cycling routes have been installed on the Hills.

Beck said ‘We’re looking forward to installing our third and final signposted mountain biking route on the Malvern Hills, which will feature the section of bridleway that has been cleared by volunteers.

offer and is a great way to stay fit and healthy.  Providing more information for cyclists will help riders to enjoy this shared landscape in a way that keeps them special for the future. ’

More information about mountain biking on the Malvern Hills, including information on the signposted routes, can be found using the link below.

Cycling on the Malvern Hills

The work of volunteers is essential in MHT’s care for the Malvern Hills.  A dedicated team of volunteers assist with various tasks in the office and out on the Hills and Commons.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer on the Malvern Hills, use the link below to find out more information.

Volunteering with Malvern Hills Trust