About Us

If you are looking for another John Howes, see No, not me… below.

MalvernTrail is a web site put together (content, design, tech) by John Howes. He moved to Malvern (Worcestershire, UK) in October 2001 after many years involvement in community and voluntary action in London. A founder member of London Cycling Campaign, he was their rides organiser for seven years and the longest serving crew member for Bicycle Beano cycling holidays. He hopes to attract a wide range of people to cycling, walking and appreciating the local environment.

Enquiries welcome on:

  • Cycling or walking trips in the area.
  • Use/commission of photographs.

Copyright and disclaimer

All material on this website is copyright of John Howes, unless otherwise stated. Please get in touch if you wish to re-use any of it, especially photos. A note of any web links to MT that you create would also be appreciated. Thanks.

Disclaimer: All content is provided in good faith and is usually checked for accuracy at time of production. However, things change and we can give no warranties.

Comments and Contact

We’d be happy to have comments and suggestions on places to visit, good cycle or walking routes in the area, etc. Please use the contact form.

Slightly Photoshopped

Adding news and events

MalvernTrail’s Event and News section is for the community in the Malvern area, as well as those visiting. We aim to cover just about anything for the wider Malvern Hills district (including Ledbury) and major events in Hereford and Worcester. We welcome submission of possible events to include. Please use the Events form.

We reserve the right to edit entries, for consistency, accuracy etc. and not to carry items we consider inappropriate or offensive. Sorry, we cannot take responsibility for any accidental errors or omissions.


Adverts are placed on the website in a number of ways, but we aim for them to be relevant and practical within the constraints of the particular facilities. Do let us know of any problems, objectionable ads etc. We would be happy to hear from anybody interested in placing an appropriate advert.

MalvernTrail is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.

Cookies and Privacy

This website uses the widely adopted Google Analytics service to give us an idea of the number of visitors and what they are viewing. This doesn’t identify individuals to us, and uses both cookies (a small file stored via your web browser) and Javascript. You can stop this tracking by either disabling Javascript or using a web browser such as Firefox which allows you to set your own choice on which sites can use cookies (some badly designed sites won’t work at all without them).

The Google AdSense advertising service operates across the site and also uses cookies, as does the social media buttons on the News and Events section.


“Suggestions for following in (Elgar’s) tyre-tracks are available at the excellent website www.malverntrail.co.uk”. Simon Calder, The Independent online travel section, 23 March 2002.

“A good web-based link to the area, with loads of route and local info” Cycling Plus, February 2004.

Other sites

Websites managed by myself include:

  • VolResource, a portal for the UK voluntary and community sector providing a wide range of information.
  • Family history website Cutlock and Co. (The Howes Watkins Neal Scott tree can also be found on ancestry.co.uk, no Malvern connections.)

Web related services provided by/involving other Howes brothers:


No, not me ….

The artist John Howes has his own website at johnhowes.co.uk (based South Wales). He is also connected with trad folk group Bear Bones.

John Howes, who was quality control chemist and later tour guide at Westons Cider in Much Marcle, and has a bench inscribed in his honour at the back of the courtyard there.

Howes Cycles, cycle shop in Cambridge at 104 Regent Street. Established by John Howes in 1840 and run by the family until it closed in 2013.

Jon Howes, Cycle Training Wales’s workshop coordinator (at Sept 2011).

johnhowes.com was held by an Apple Mac consultant in the US (and a cyclist according to Twitter) but seems to have packed in the website at summer 2019.

Fresh in 2017

John Howes, deputy editor (at Oct ’06) of the Leamington Courier Series.

John Howes, who has something to do with Tarn Hows SSSI in the Lake District.

John Howes, of electrical retailers Howes of Southborough (Tunbridge Wells), a vintage radio technical expert.

John Howes, ‘criminal lawyer’ based in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

There’s a John Howes Close in Easton, Norwich (the city where my paternal grandparents grew up) – although Google Maps shows it as Howe’s.


From Access to Archives (Norfolk record office, Howes family papers, noted Nov ’04): John Howes of Grays Inn, 1758 to 1787; John Howes of Morningthorpe, High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1718.

From a comment on BBC North East Wales Historical page (now defunct): “John Howes. An entry in the Census records states that he was “…one of the last to return from the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava after a failed attempt to capture the Russian guns…” We would be very interested in a copy of this photo, if possible, and any further information you may have. John Howes was born in Norfolk but ended his days living in Warwickshire.”

No, not that Malvern ….

Malvern, Victoria, Australia (eastern suburb of Melbourne – where Malvern Star bicycle company started). We’ve also been told that there is a Malvern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia.

Malvern County, now absorbed into Selwyn District, South Island, New Zealand.

Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA.

Malvern, Arkansas, USA. “Brick capitol of the world”! Daily Record link.

Nor Malvern in Iowa or Ohio, USA.

Apparently there are other Malverns in Jamaica, Canada (neighbourhood of Toronto) and South Africa (suburb of Johannesburg).

Enjoy the natural and cultural delights of the Malvern Hills area, town and countryside

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