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Go wild with new cycling guide for the Malverns

A new map and guide for cyclists (and walkers) who want to make the best of the Malvern Hills has been produced by the organisation which manages most of the land.

Printed copies of the Malvern Hills Trust’s ‘Walking and Cycling on the Malvern Hills Map and Guide’ should be available at tourist info in town, local bike shops, some cafes etc. or MHT offices. Or download the two pdf files (totalling 15MB) from their website. The MalvernTrail cycling page has also been updated with links and the expanded advice – we previously had extracts from the old Code of Conduct for the Hills.

The Trust has worked with other bodies (including Historic England, Worcestershire County Council) to “open up a series of permissive cycle paths” to improve access. From a quick look these may well have already been well used by mountain bikers but don’t the fit the officially defined bridleways. Also there are to be three waymarked cycling trails – Short, Medium and Long – with the short version due to be completed this spring.

Malvern Hills Trust news  item on the new map and guide.

A wild ride in The Guardian

The guide came out just in time for the Malverns to get a prominent entry in The Guardian’s travel feature ‘Rides on the wild side’ on 21st April. A “ten of the best” – Malvern Hills get top slot online but number 3 in the print edition, with large photo.

Do note that the article is bit misleading- you can’t actually legally ride along the ridge itself all the way – only a small section north of Wyche Cutting (around Worcester Beacon, the part nearest town). But there are plenty of routes just below the ridge line and elsewhere.

Handy Herefordshire cider history and h’info

Newly released, the Golden Fire app “pulls together the rich history of cider production in Herefordshire with an up-to-date guide to all the ciders being made in the county today”.

The app includes a useful map. Good stuff – for Android devices currently, Apple iOS to follow soon.

Do still check out the MalvernTrail Cider and Perry page for even more.

The book link below isn’t actually  connected although it shares a name. Amazon review says “quite simply the most comprehensive book that has been written on cider history – in particular English Cider History”.

Price: £5.28
Was: £11.99

Double butterfly pleasure

First grayling butterfly spot of the year, but a good one, on the Malverns of course. Two attached graylings flew by and landed on the path just in front of me (about 2pm today). They were still there, intertwined, when I left 20 minutes later.  This was a minute or two after seeing two gatekeepers doing pretty much the same thing, and flying in front of me when I moved, still attached.

I only had my mobile phone with rubbish camera to hand, but here are some cropped shots.

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Some better photos of graylings on the Malvern Hills from a few years back.

Active Breaks in Colwall

Cycling, walking, running? The Colwall Park Hotel has introduced an Active Breaks package, to provide a perfect base whether you’re training for an event or just wanting to get the refreshing countryside air in your lungs.

It includes: Bed and Breakfast, guided maps for your chosen sport, be it cycling or walking routes, bottle of water and a packed lunch to take out with you. Special training dietary needs can also be met. Colwall Park Hotel is close to Colwall railway station.

Sun-Thurs £65 per person per night based on two people sharing a double or twin classic room. Fri-Sat from £75 per person per night based on two people sharing a double or twin classic room. Available until 31st October.