Towns and Villages in easy reach
The websites listed below (by place name, alphabetically) should give you some idea of attractions in the particular locality. These should be possible to include on a day’s bike ride from Malvern, but some more so than others. Ordnance Survey (Landranger) grid references are given in italics for some.
We try to highlight refreshment possibilities most of interest to the hungry/thirsty cyclist. Also being developed is a GPX (GPS Exchange format) file which has waypoints showing places serving refreshments (right click to download) outside towns, other than pubs, collated from this page and Places – it also indicates where pubs marked on OS maps are currently/permanently closed (where we know). See Walking Malverns for GPS routes for the HIlls.
There’s a separate page for wider areas/themes, covering Bredon Hill, May Hill, Forest of Dean, Wyre Forest, Garden of England (Vale of Evesham), Woolhope Dome, Symonds Yat, Tenbury Wells/Teme Valley, Black and White Villages/Trail, Chartist Cottages.
Shortcuts to some places listed below:
- Go to Further afield page for taking it beyond this – includes county wide sites (Glos, Shrops) and Welsh Borders.
- More connected photos can be seen on a photo album page.
- Places in Malvern and the immediate vicinity: see Local Interest.
The old Norman church (SO754678) opposite Manor Arms is based on a Saxon one and has some interesting features – see album. Also a nearby clock tower which is highly visible to the west. Earth Heritage Trust have an Abberley Church geology guide – see Malvern Hills geology section.
The Bell pub at Pensax is a regular in local real ale awards.
Village website – basic.
Witley Court, owned by English Heritage, is to the south east (towards Worcester). Once a great country house, now a spectacular ruin due to a fire in 1937. Some of the gardens have been restored. Next door is Great Witley Church, with an Italianate interior and nearby tea rooms (check website for in-season opening times).
St Giles Church has part of 8th/9th century preaching cross re-used as tower doorwar lintel [pic] – apparently pretty unique in Herefordshire. Some more pics on Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust website.
Alfrick and Lulsley
Ashleworth SO812255, and Hartpury
Tithe Barn (National Trust).
Boat Inn, Ashleworth. SO818251 North of Gloucester on west bank of River Severn. Popular with cyclists, serves filled rolls rather than full meals (winter hours from October, closed Monday and Wednesday). Undergoing renovation in 2014, they hope to re-open in the autumn.
The Royal Exchange Inn on the A417 (Hartpury, GL19 3BW). Changed hands 2012. Phone 01452 700273.
Hartpury church worth a visit (SO780236) – ancient chest, unique stone bee hive structure outside, and info leaflets..
Bishops Frome SO663485
The Hop Pocket Tea rooms and more, open March to December (limited hours Jan/Feb?). The ‘craft’ shops include Hop Pocket Wine Co, an excellent source of local cider and wine. Also garden supplies and Greenstage Gallery.
Abbotts Living Wood SO672480 Runs courses in green woodwork, pole-lathe turning and chairmaking. Also publishes books on the subject.
Majors Arms pub (technically Halmonds Frome) near the bottom of the climb up Fromes Hill from Bishops Frome direction. Real ale and stunning views (but no food).
There are two pubs in the centre of Bishops Frome, The Chase Inn overlooking the green (phone 01885 490561) and the Green Dragon just round the corner, both providing food (but check if open at lunchtime in the week). The Chase also has accommodation, and autumn 2009 new owners, who say “wellies welcome”.
Bosbury and Coddington
Bosbury Church has a detached tower which, as with some others in border country e.g. Garway, “appears to have been built as a refuge during Welsh incursions” (from church website). The Bell pub is opposite (alternative link).
Coddington Church has (if the hedges aren’t too high) some pleasant views to the west. Off the beaten track and a good place for a break when out cycling.
Half way between Malvern and Worcester, on the A4103.
Leigh, just to the north west of Bransford, has one of the largest and oldest surviving tithe barns in the country (SO783534). Open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm (English Heritage, no entry charge).
Bringsty Common is to the east of Bromyard.
The Live and Let Live, the pub in the middle of Bringsty Common (SO700548), finally re-opened 2007 after being closed for 11 years. Food and local real ales, phone 01886 821462. It is possible to get there from the minor road running from Linley Green to Sapey Bridge (via SO697541), but requires some off-road navigation. (Note: there is another pub nearby in Whitbourne also called the Live and Let Live.)
The Garden at The Bannut (info on Facebook) has knot and heather gardens, plus tea room.
Brockhampton Estate (National Trust, SO682546, right) includes Lower Brockampton House, a 14th century moated manor house (pic is of gatehouse). There’s 1700 acres of parkland and traditionally farmed land. Has tea room by car park – no need to pay for entry.
Warren Farm right next door (west) to Brockhampton Estate had a cafe but this is now (2013) only bookable for groups, rather than open access. Phone 01885 482409.
Not the Brockhampton mentioned under Bringsty!
Brockhampton village site has some great photos and information on the church. Brockhampton Church (All Saints), built 1903 but looks much older, is in the Arts and Crafts style with many interesting features. Worth a detour. Picture of tapestries.
There’s a good viewpoint over the River Wye at the top of Capler hill nearby – a rather wonderful ‘Artmarker’ bench has been installed there, May 07.
Spelling varies, with or without an ‘e’ in the middle, and the main village is Bromsberrow Heath. The Shop at Bromsberrow is community run, refreshments (tea, coffee, cake) available, 9 to 5 weekdays, 9 to 12.30 Sat/Sun. The old shop at the crossroads has closed – follow signs.
Attractive tower to the church – see our photo album.
The pub at Brooms Green disappeared ages ago, but still appears on maps.
South of Bromesberrow Heath, at Ryton is The Garland Hut, open to walkers and cyclists following the (Dymock) Poets Trail. It’s a shed in the garden of the artist who has designed the distinctive guides, worth a stop.
A town big enough to have a variety of pubs and tea rooms. Has community website.
Teddy bear museum and collectors shop. Also original Thunderbird and Stingray puppets, and a dalek. At east end of Broad St (12 The Square), phone 01885 488329.
Rowden Mill station SO628565 (right): in private hands, has a small collection of carriages and a loco. There is also Bromyard & Linton Light Railway to the east of the town.
Bromyard & District Local History Society. Has a research room open to the public, in Sherford St. Also produces various publications.
The Saxon church at Edvin Loach (SO663584), 4 miles north of Bromyard, is worth a short detour. (English Heritage).
Tourist Information Centre in Cruxwell Street, phone 01432 260280.
The Yew Tree (was Old Ferry Inn). On the banks of the Severn, next to sailing club. Can be very busy but usually copes well. Good food. Phone 01452 780333.
Clifton-upon-Teme and Shelsleys (Shelsley Walsh/Beauchamp/Kings). This web site includes bus timetable (under Services), a couple of local walks.
See separate entry re Shelsley Walsh below.
Just over the Hills and next train stop from Great Malvern (and down the road from West Malvern).
Colwall.net Site probably only of interest to locals.
Picton Garden/Old Court Nurseries is the home of Michaelmas Daisies (Asters) National Collection, and is also the birthplace of modern Asters.
See Caves Folly Nurseries for organic grown plants and an eco camp site.
The Yew Tree pub (from advert Jan 2008) at Colwall Green welcomes walkers and cyclists – consume your own food. Phone 01684 540498.
Has an interesting medieval village hall (left), just up the lane from the war memorial. Restoration work, set back by a roof fire, has been completed. [Another pic]
Lower Nupend Gallery, open by appointment, phone 01886 880500. Modern and contemporary painters including some of local subjects. Information may be out of date.
Blue Ginger Gallery, Stiffords Bridge (SO728477). Art and craft gallery with items from local craftspeople, light lunches, coffee, cakes etc. Phone 01886 880240.
Croome/ Croome Park
Croome D’Abitot, SO888448. North east of Upton.
National Trust property. The landscape park, ‘Capability’ Brown’s first complete one, has been restored. Tea room, near regional cycle route 46 (2 miles SW from SO 913 465). Croome church St Mary Magdalene is managed by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Known for the Dymock Poets. The display in the church is very informative and is worth setting aside some time to take in. Updated 2008 with some great additional material (right: small extract from previous version). There are walks based around the Poets – ask at local Tourist Info Centres. The University of Gloucestershire’s Gloucestershire Poets, Writers and Artists Collection archive includes the Dymock Poets. Ledbury’s Poetry Festival will often feature material. Also see Friends of the Dymock Poets. New 2009: the John Masefield cycle trail has an option to take in Dymock, which we would recommend.
Dymock village website has some history and copies of Poets walks. Plus information on the village pub, Beauchamp Arms, which was saved by the parish council purchasing it. Dymock is also part of ‘daffodil country’ (see Kempley).
Book: The Dymock Poets by Sean Street, Seren Books, ISBN 1854111213. Buy from Amazon.co.uk.
Eastnor Castle – a Victorian construction. Estate has an arboretum with cedars and redwoods, 22 acre lake, woodland walks and hosts various events. Check on website for grounds/castle opening hours (generally not autumn/winter). At summer 2006, they are participating in the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, the first private collection to be included. Also camping/caravan site, but own toilet required. Tea room – only available when castle/grounds open?
Eastnor Pottery Workshops for adults and children as well as ceramics to view and buy.
Roger Oates Design Studio shop for ‘soft modern’ living.
Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle
While not much further west than adjacent entries (Fownhope, Holme Lacey, How Caple), this is a little far for a leisure cycle from Malvern. Italianate church is worth a visit(also see parish church website), and the roads near the river are attractive.
The New Harp Inn is now a bit of a gastro-pub but there are cheaper bar snacks available and good choice of beers and cider. A little way north, at Carey, is the Cottage of Content pub with good food (SO564310). Phone 01432 840242. Trivia note: this pub, originally built in 1485, ‘inspired’ the miniature Lilliput Lane model, The Tap House (ref L2682). Just south of Hoarwithy is Sellack and the Loughpool Inn near the Picts Cross crossroads – providing bar snacks and (not cheap) restaurant – plenty of reviews on TripAdvisor.
Shipley Gardens (SO559357) Most cyclists will love a visit to this quirky garden with an environmental conscience, peacocks, poolside tea rooms (homemade lemonade if you’re very lucky), but the gallery has closed. Open daily 10 to 6, end of March to end of October (but best to check outside of tourist/garden season). Phone 01432 870356.
How Caple Court (SO612307) has interesting rediscovered sunken gardens (self-guided tours), but main reason for listing is as a tea room, mid-March to mid- October, all week, 10am to 5pm. Phone 01989 740626.
St Mary’s (Kempley Old Church) SO670312. English Heritage – open 1st March to 31st October, 10am to 6pm. The ‘oldest timber roof in Britain’ according to info in the church – also see Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory report (see under Historic Doors). Plus ‘superb wall paintings from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries’ – see left, and another pic. The Painted Church web site has more info (warning: large graphic files). Flickr for other people’s photos.
Kempley (along with Dymock) is also known for its wild daffodils. Walks (and maybe cycle rides) are organised at the appropriate time – see the Daffodil Weekend pages.
When human touch (as monkish books attest) Nor was applied nor could be, Ledbury bells Broke forth in concert flung adown the dells, And upward, high as Malvern’s cloudy crest; From St Catherine of Ledbury (sonnet), W. Wordsworth.
Historic features in Ledbury include the Market House in the centre of town, which is next to the cobbled Church Lane (right) leading to the pleasant church. Market House is also the meeting point for many local cycle rides, with the advantage of tea rooms/cafes close by. The Cider Trail starts nearby, and takes advantage of the Town Trail. Also a bike shop in town.
The Tourist Information Centre is independently run from IceBytes internet cafe, 38 The Homend. Website Visit Ledbury – local museums and other attractions.
Ledbury Portal encourages citizen journalism and keeps tabs on local developments and events.
My Ledbury A personal site going since 1996. Pics of the carnival, the town, various bits of info…
John Masefield, who became poet laureate, was born in Ledbury in 1878. The town celebrates its strong links through an annual, quite large, Poetry Festival (see Events). The High School is also named after him.
Ledbury Railway station The ticket office is independently run, relying on ticket sale commission. Why not book your rail ticket via email or browse their scrapbook?
A new building created by and for the Tinsmiths design business, tucked away behind Ledbury’s main shopping street, has won some praise. See The Guardian’s Miracle of Ledbury article. The architect Alex Clive has a little info and some photos.
Also see Creative Malvern page for arty things.
We haven’t visited yet, but there’s a page on it at Painted Church.
The Admiral Rodney, at Berrow Green just south of Martley, is on the Worcestershire Way and has good beer and food, including interesting vegetarian options when we visited.
The Bounds in Much Marcle has been the home of Westons Cider for over 120 years. They offer daily Cider Mill tours – see website for details or phone 01531 660233 for group bookings. The associated Scrumpy House Restaurant is in a 17th Century converted hay barn – a bit upmarket but there is also a tea room at the back of the courtyard..
Hellens A mansion dating from 1292, this is one of the oldest English homes, and has associations with Mary Tudor, Ann Boleyn, the Earl of Essex, the Black Prince and the Civil War. For part of the Second World War, pictures from the Tate Gallery were evacuated here. 15 acres of grounds, plus tapestries, armour, carriages. Open Easter-October, Wed, Sat, Sun, BH 2-5pm, phone 01531 660504. The restored Great Barn hosts various events.
The Walwyn Arms is at the cross-roads. Slip Tavern is up the hill a bit (in Watery Lane), but may be closed, phone 01531 660246.
Much Marcle village web site is worth a look. Check the information on the ancient yew tree at St Bartholomews church, as well as it green man carvings, for instance.
See the Cider page for more on this area’s best known activity.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (was National Birds of Prey Centre). Phone 01531 820286/821581.
Three Choirs Vineyard Has a restaurant (upmarket) and guest rooms as well as wine tasting. North of Newent. The cafe in the garden centre (now called 3shires, was Hazelfield) just south of here is more popular with cyclists – phone 01531 820941.
Cowdy Gallery shows all sorts of work by a wide variety of glass artists. 31 Culver Street, phone 01531 821173. Website not functioning at May 2015, so do check details.
Penny Farthing, Aston Crews (SO671233), west of Newent. Food every day, phone 01989 750366. B&B with secure bicycle storage available.
Village stores open to 6pm Monday to Saturday – usually closed 1 to 2pm but may not be on good days (info at 2009).
Rossonwye.com Includes some info on Symonds Yat, Kilpeck Church and other local Hereford places, history as well as events, accommodation etc. The town has a variety of cafes, tea rooms, etc. (and bike shop). Quite a few interesting/historic buildings in the centre of town (which doesn’t stop it having some boring approach roads).
Wye Valley Aviation – Ballooning – is based near Ross.
Moody Cow pub and restaurant at Crow Hill (Upton Bishop), north east of Ross. Never been in, but like the name, location and previous website. Phone 01989 780470.
Wobage Makers Gallery, Upton Bishop, phone 01989 780495. Workshops of a number of potters, woodworkers and a jeweller. Also run pottery workshops.
Tourist Information Centre at Edde Cross Street, phone 01989 562768.
For cycle stuff, Revolutions – see Bike Shops.
See Chartist cottages info (also includes Gadfield Elm, oldest Mormon chapel).
The Butchers Arms (previously The Greyhound) at Lime Street (Eldersfield, GL19 4NX, phone 01452 840381), east of Staunton. Haven’t visited since change of name and landlord, but food menu seems to have gone upmarket.
Village site has some history. The White House (SO721528) is distinctive, with Thomas Farnolls Pritchard the ‘inventor of cast iron bridges’ having carried out some ‘modernisation’ work on it.
Sutton Walls (Sutton St Michael) / Marden SO515471
HerefordWebPages (link problem May 2012) recounts how the murder of King Aethelbert of East Anglia near Marden in 794AD was a key part of Offa laying claim to being the first king of all England.
See Teme Valley.
Tewkesbury Garden Centre, on the A38 just north of where it is joined by the A438, has a Coffee Shop. Phone 01684 293103.
The town is host to various festivals – see Events – and local landmark is ‘the pepperpot’ [pic]. Combined with nearby Hanley Castle it is said to have featured as Market Snodsbury in many of P G Wodehouse’s novels.
The Map Shop is worth a visit (15 High Street). It carries one of the largest inventories of maps and travel guides in the world with over 60,000 items in stock and is UK agent for many overseas survey authorities.
The Swan Hotel is by the river. Haven’t visited since restoration after 2007 floods, but worth checking the real ales and food if in town. Phone 01684 594948.
Clives Fruit Farm just outside Upton has a farm shop (with lots of locally sourced items) and light refreshments, as well as PYO and excellent own apple juice and cider. Open every day (Sunday/bank holidays 10 to 4), except Mondays New Year to Easter. Phone 01684 592664.
Village just south of Malvern, with shop and pub. However Pheasant Inn closed 2010 (had camping and bedrooms).
East of Bromyard.
Parish site has a little background to the local churches.
Whitbourne Hall is a private residence, with ownership divided between the residents of 20 units which have been created from this large house. Occasional open days and events. Descendants of the original family owners live in the farm house and modern building near the lake. Detail from drawing room, left (the major downstairs rooms are shared and in pretty good nick). Another pic in the Photo Album.
The Live and Let Live is the local pub (not to be confused with another of the same name on Bringsty Common). Phone 01886 821016.
A well-known city like this doesn’t need us to trawl through the web, but here are a few options.
Daybrook House B&B has put together its own choice of local attractions.