Places to visit en route to or from Malvern
- Shropshire and North Herefordshire.
- Towards Wales (Herefordshire).
- Welsh Borders, including Wye Valley and into mid-Wales.
Some Ordnance Survey (Landranger) grid references are in italics after the place name.
- Symonds Yat, Black and White village trail etc on the ‘Places Around‘ page.
- General web guides for Here and Worcs county guides.
- History groups under Outdoor and Historical Links.
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds way
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway South east of Tewkesbury.
Snowshill Manor, a National Trust property just south of Broadway, has a number of very early bicycles on display.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge (SO732044) – the original WWT reserve and still the HQ.
Butterflies of Gloucestershire Plenty of info on the subject.
Gloucestershire Portal from SoftData.
Explore Mortimer Country Tourism site for Leominster to Ludlow area.
Severn Valley Railway Nearest station to Malvern: Bewdley.
Wilden to Witley Church Trail Although designed for cars, the trail probably would make a good cycle ride too. The Flash-based website is quite interesting if you can find your way around (while there is a text-only version – Flash needs to be disabled – I couldn’t get the navigation to work).
AE Housman’s A Shropshire Lad Poetry about the area.
Virtual Shropshire Tourist and community info.
South Shropshire Covers Ludlow, Church Stretton etc, Acton Scott Working Farm museum.
Shropshire Hills Shuttles – bus services.
Shropshire Geology have or are developing geological discovery trails and field guides.
Stiperstones Inn A traditional country hostelry in the Marches area of Shropshire.
Visit Bridgnorth has info for Much Wenlock too.
Kilpeck Church (SO444305), left. Well worth a detour for the carvings (not just around the door!). There are quite a few web sites with info. We suggest HerefordWebpages (link problem May 2012) as a starter, Sacred Destinations has some good photos and history. Also check out Kilpeck Inn, which hopes to be the greenest pub in the country.
Visit Herefordshire Churches web site has basic information on many of the most interesting churches in the county.
Hereford Cathedral The famous Mappa Mundi, Chained Library, “wonderful carvings in stone and wood, fine tapestries, and beautiful stained glass” all worth a visit. And outside there’s also the sculpture of Elgar leaning on his bicycle – there’s a video 360 degree view on YouTube (better with the sound off).
Waterworks Museum, on the outskirts of Hereford.
Hereford Holidays – Golden Valley and Black Mountains, where to stay and other local info. Bull’s Head, Craswall, is in a great place by the Mountains with basic camping available (phone 01981 510616).
The village of Dorstone in Golden Valley has the Pandy Inn (a favourite of MalvernTrail) and almost opposite, the community enterprise Dorstone’s Front Room, with teas, coffees and local cakes when open (Mon-Fri 9am to 1pm).
Hay-on-Wye Secondhand bookshops, mountain biking etc. on the Welsh border.
Kington keeps on cropping up in our web searches! Hergest Croft Gardens and estate famous for trees, azaleas and rhododendrons. Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre; Kington Museum. Tourist Info Centre website has a page on cycling (under Activities).
Dore Abbey (SO386304) Note that the web site has a very flash interactive guide book, but it may take ages to find the info you want. The massive barn-like interior of the Abbey is sometimes used for theatrical productions. As well as carved screens etc there are interesting items of masonry, as right.
Abbey Dore Court Gardens The cafe re-opened in 2009.
Part-Y-Seal is a large house with tea room and mainly veggie lunches, b&b, extensive gardens, oriental items including furniture for sale, near Grosmont on the Welsh border. Phone 01981 240814.
The History of Ewyas Lacy Website studying south west Herefordshire nestling up against the border, full of great history, geology, nature.
Offa’s Dyke Association Independent info for walkers.
Marches Walks do holidays from their base near Hay-on-Wye. Wye Valley, Black and White Trail are mentioned.
Bunkhouses in Wales Opportunities for walking, cycling and mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons, staying in Bunkhouses.
National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells.
Brecon Beacons National Park – where to stay, what to do.
Monnmouthshire tourist site.
Clwyd-Powys Archaeology Some great pages on Offa’s Dyke.