Cycling volunteers improve visitor access

Access has been improved on the Malvern Hills thanks to local mountain bikers.

The volunteers cleared back overhanging vegetation and uncovered the original line of a bridleway on the lower slopes of the Worcestershire Beacon assisted by Malvern Hills Trust staff.

Local riders had identified this particular route near to St Ann’s Well as being overgrown and increasingly difficult to access.  Mountain bikers approached the Trust and a volunteer task was organised to undertake work to clear bracken and bramble obscuring the route.

Beck Baker, community and conservation officer said “Cycling is just one of the ways that people enjoy this fantastic landscape and it is now easier for people whether on foot, horse and bike to explore this part of the Hills thanks to these volunteers.”

There are over 56km of bridleway crossing the Hills and commons, providing routes for riders to explore along parts of the ridgeline, the wooded slopes and the open commons.

Maps of cycling access can be found on the OS map 190 or on the Trust’s map and guide.