Top Of Malvern Hills - Worcestershire Beacon

Malvern Hills Mountain Biking

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Unit 2,  No 6 North Malvern Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 4LT
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North Quarry car park is a popular starting point

The Malvern Hills are not enormous (in fact as the bird flies they are just 13km from North to South) and they have such a tight crisis crossing bridleway network.

The terrain is steep (1,394 feet above sea level) so has sharp climbs and descents, it's tough, rooty, rocky, has a great ridge line to ride along and drains well. 

The Malvern Hills cover a number of county borders including Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and are very popular with walkers so you need to watch out for them on the trails. We recommend you ride as much at off-peak times as you can to get the best out of them.

Trail Guide

  • Back On Track have some routes and maps pretty much starting from near their shop. There is an 8km easy route, a 16km medium route and a 24km hard route.
  • SingleTrack also has some good routes and maps. There is a 24km Blue run, a 13 - 16km Red route and an 8km Green trail.

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Submitted by: iBikeRide
This Malvern Hills MTB GPS route is 9.5 miles long and starts from Great Malvern, WR14. The Malverns is a narrow ridge on the Hereford and Worcester border.

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Top Of Malvern Hills - Worcestershire Beacon

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Brilliant
(Updated: June 07, 2015)
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4.3
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5.0
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4.5
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The Hills offer a really unique combination of xc, all mountain and some euro trails that are great for developing skills. Less confidant riders need to be aware of the very changeable weather that comes with the mountainous altitude, and also the descents too. Hard tails are generally fine however mid-travel full suspension bikes are the norm there for tackling all of the trails. A mountain bike is essential.

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Good Points
This is an amazingly natural and diverse mountain biking trail. The north end offers some sweeping xc trails with outstanding views, as well as some exceptionally technical endure climbs to the Beacon on the West Side. Thew central area offers loads of single track on the east side above Malvern Wells. The ridge is fun fast and often quite technical. Whilst the area is small there is a huge variety and the climbs are huge. The variety of trail also suits all kinds of riders although less experienced riders should stick to north of the Wyche cutting.
Bad Points
There are no trail facilities or hire. However there are extensive cafés and shops in Malvern which can be accessed by a fun single track trail by St Anne's Well from the Beacon. Another downside is the prevalence of people on the bike tracks, as the other review shows many of whom are angry at anything on two wheels for no reason. Saying that the relationship between walkers and cyclists has improved drastically over the last 6 months, with a good relationship starting to build. Some of the single track on the South End is also often muddy, although some of it is down a stream which is fun although can be cold in the winter.
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Best stay away
(Updated: June 07, 2015)
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The Malverns are best avoided. Most of the paths on the Middle and Southern section of the Hills aren't bridlepaths - and Malvern Hills bye-laws mean £3,000 fine and a criminal record in the event you are caught. The Hills are a pretty small area which is busy even at off peak times with dog-walkers, grannies and little kids. Many paths are too narrow and steep to pass safely. Biking on the Hills is a sore topic in the area and you quite often get shouted at by locals. There are wardens around and one of them uses a quad bike.

Bikes are banned from the Ridge path all along the Hills and all of British Camp (also known as Herefordshire Beacon). If you want a lot of hassle, crowded runs, and maybe a run-in with the cops, this is the place to go.

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