About Us

MalvernTrail is a web site put together by John Howes. He moved to Malvern (Worcestershire, UK) in 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.

Connected websites and a round-up of selected individuals with the same name now feature on personal website johnhowes.uk (along with some archive images).

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 MalvernTrail 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 general contact form for the moment (Events form has a glitch or two).

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 primarily placed on the website using Google AdSense. The aim is for relevant and practical ads within the system constraints -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 also a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, which earns referral fees with links to Amazon.co.uk, but these are gradually being removed.

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.

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”!

Nor Malvern in Iowa or Ohio, USA.

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