Places of interest, grouped by town, village or locality, that could be included on a day’s bike ride from Malvern, but some more so than others (depending on fitness, electric assistance etc.). The info and web links below should give you some idea of what might be worth a visit. Ordnance Survey grid references are given in italics for some, and we try to highlight refreshment possibilities that are most of interest to the hungry/thirsty cyclist.
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).
Alfrick and Lulsley
There is also a community-run village shop in Alfrick (next to village hall) – now with full cafe area – closes noon at weekends, may be open on bank holidays. A good idea for groups to phone ahead.
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).
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.
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 Information may be out of date.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.
The Admiral Rodney, at Berrow Green just south of Martley, is on the Worcestershire Way and has good beer and food (interesting vegetarian options when we visited).
Shelsley Water Mill (near the foot of the hill climb course) has been renovated.
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.
and Teme Valley
Tenbury Wells Visitors Guide. Check out the unusual Pump Rooms, built in 1862.
Teme Valley for Tenbury Wells and further upstream (Ludlow, Knighton). Mainly local history.
Burford House Gardens has a National Collection of Clematis. West of Tenbury Wells.
Kyre Park Gardens SO623632. 29 acres created 1754, has recently been restored, large collection of ferns. Tea room. Phone 01885 410669.
See Mistletoe festival info on Events page.
Tourist Information Centre: 21 Teme Street, WR15 8BB, phone 01584 810136.
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 Inn is the local pub (previously the Live and Let Live, and often confused with another of that name on Bringsty Common) – food during the week (not Monday, according to website). There’s also a community shop for ice creams etc.
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.
East of Worcester
Near the village of Crowle is Springridge Nurseries Tea Room (new summer 2018) on Old Turnpike Road, WR7 4AG, with excellent cakes, light lunches, 10am to 4pm daily.
Heading to Shropshire
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.
AE Housman’s A Shropshire Lad Poetry about the area.
Virtual Shropshire Tourist and community info.
Visit Shropshire Hills Includes Ludlow, Church Stretton, Clun, Much Wenlock, etc.
Shropshire Hills Shuttle Buses – 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.