Places of interest, grouped by town, village or feature, 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.
- Ashleworth SO812255, and Hartpury
- Bredon Hill area
- Chaceley Stock
- Croome/ Croome Park
- Forest of Dean
- Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle
- May Hill
- Newent, Glos
- Staunton and Lowbands Chartist Cottages
- Symonds Yat
- Tewkesbury, Glos
- Vale of Evesham
- Welland SO797403
- Further Afield
Ashleworth SO812255, and Hartpury
Tithe Barn (National Trust) – free entry but then it is quite basic (and old). Church next door also has ancient features such as the royal crest on the rood screen – see photo.
Boat Inn, Ashleworth. SO818251 North of Gloucester on west bank of River Severn. Popular with cyclists, with food including generous sandwiches, burgers, hot meals (carvery on Sundays), good range of real ales and ciders. At June 2021 the combination of floods and pandemic disruption mean it might not reopen, or at least not as before.
Ashleworth Hub (new 2021?) is an imaginative village store (very much in the centre), with refreshments available all day.
The Royal Exchange Inn on the A417 (Hartpury, GL19 3BW). Phone 01452 700273.
Hartpury church is worth a visit (SO780236) – ancient chest, unique stone bee hive structure outside, and info leaflets.
Bredon Hill area
In summertime on Bredon The bells they sound so clear; Round both the shires they ring them In steeples far and near, A happy noise to hear. From AE Housman, A Shropshire Lad.
Bredon Hill View community website with history, local business directory etc.
Kemerton Conservation Trust based around (but not limited to) Kemerton Estate.
Bredon Barn (National Trust) 14th-century Cotswold stone building in Bredon itself. SO919369
Toff Milway – Conderton Pottery.
Beckford Silk Mill – tours available. Cafe (Mon-Sat) closed at January 2020 but should re-open.
Book: Bredon Hill: a Guide to Its Archaeology, History, Folklore & Villages. Logaston Press, £4.95, ISBN 1873827067.
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.
Attractive tower to the church – see our photo album.
The pub at Brooms Green disappeared ages ago, but still appears on maps.
South of Bromsberrow 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.
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, closed Mon/Tues lunchtime (their website may say otherwise). Phone 01452 780333.
Go a little north along the river from here and you get to The Lower Lode Inn – campsite attached so likely to be open when Yew Tree isn’t. Also note that in the summer (mid-July to end August?) there is a small foot (and bicycle) ferry running across the river from here – it’s not very far to Tewkesbury on the other side.
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 NCN cycle route 45 (2 miles SW from SO 913 465) – very busy at peak times. Croome church St Mary Magdalene is managed by the Churches Conservation Trust.
The Lavender Tea Room at the small Nuyard garden centre on the A38 near Earl’s Croome re-opened March 2019 but may have closed in 2020.
Forest of Dean
A fascinating area, of early industrial and mining activity which now blends in with the beautiful landscape. Forest of Dean/Wye Valley tourism site. Would be pushing it to visit much of this on a day cycle ride from Malvern but worth looking at possibilities.
- For example, Lydney rail station is on the Gloucester/Newport line.
- Symonds Yat (see sectionbelow) is on the north western edge.
The ‘Visit Dean Wye’ website also has a cycling section. See that or our Cycle Hire and Shops page for Pedalaway bike hire in the Forest – their Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre is next to the 12 mile way-marked off-road Forest trail. Also Dean Forest Cycles, plus Wye Bikes opening 2021.
Model Village Lydney Park estate, phone 01594 845244. Looks fun from the pics on the web site.
Forest of Dean (community) radio broadcasts on 1521/1503 MW.
Greenway Farm Campsite, north of Drybrook, has a cafe open to visitors – discount for members of cycling groups apparently.
Just to the east of the area, near Westbury on Severn, is Apple Orchard campsite’s Horse Shoe Tea Room.
Hanley Swan and Hanley Castle
A prominent landmark south of Newent, it can be seen for miles around – the hill with a distinctive clump of trees of top.
Taynton is just to the east and is the home of the Taynton Squash Perry Pear and award winning walnuts. According to a now defunct website, Glasshouse village right on the edge of the hill is actually a part of Taynton.
Newent Online has info on town attractions, history etc.
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. Just south of here the cafe in 3shires garden centre (was known as Hazelfield) or the more down-to-earth Cafe Rosie at Roses Country Fayre Garden Centre (Ledbury Road, GL18 1DL) are popular with cyclists.
Penny Farthing, Aston Crews (SO671233), west of Newent. Good food (closed Monday), phone 01989 750366.
Village stores open to 6pm Monday to Saturday – usually closed 1 to 2pm but may be skip closing on good days (info at 2009).
Snigs End SO793291 & oldest Mormon chapel
Dating from mid 1840s, this was an attempt by the Chartist Movement to settle the “working classes” on the land. Some 40 dwellings (?) were built at Lowbands (SO775315). Quote from The Chartist Land Company “Second Chartist estate consisting of 23 smallholdings with model cottages laid out on a network of lanes around a schoolhouse and 10 acre common water meadow. 22 working horses and rows of fruit trees were provided along with firewood, manure and seeds.” Surely there must be something useful on the web about Lowbands history, other than National Lands Company page on Wikipedia? (A Chartist location map was on Kidderminster Revolutionaries site, which seems to be defunct.)
There is a farm b&b (Kilmorie Smallholding) at Snigs End (Staunton/Corse), phone 01452 840224. Once you know what to look for, you can spot many Chartist cottages in and around Corse/Staunton – there’s a sign on the green outside the pub (Prince of Wales?) saying ‘Chartist Settlement since 1848’. Quote from The Chartist Land Company “81 plot Chartist estate laid out on 268 acres ….. The third National Chartist petition was taken to parliament in 1848 on a cart made at Snigs End & pulled by estate horses.”
Book: The Chartist Land Company by Alice Mary Hadfield – the story of the Chartist settlements of Heronsgate, Great Dodford, Minister Lovell, Snigs End and Lowbands. Try Amazon.co.uk for availability. Chartism: A New History, by Malcolm Chase, Manchester University Press 2007, from Amazon.
News item from Sep. 2000: “The Chartist settlement of Snigs End is to become a conservation area in a bid to preserve a unique part of British social history. Key buildings of the settlement, just to the south of Staunton, have been conserved since 1976. Now, following a period of public consultation carried out this summer by the Forest of Dean District Council, conservation area status is to be extended to preserve for posterity the settlement’s original layout and distinctive cottages.” From Hereford Times.
Just to the east of Lowbands is Gadfield Elm, which has the oldest Mormon chapel in the world (SO784313, phone 01452 840576), built in 1836 (originally by the United Brethren). Open Weds, Fri, Sat, Sunday pm – toilets available when open, picnic area. Also see local BBC pages.
The Butchers Arms (previously The Greyhound) at Lime Street (Eldersfield, GL19 4NX, phone 01452 840381), east of Staunton for food and drink. Gone a bit upmarket but still worth a stop (at 2020).
Wyenot.com Some nice pics as well as info.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo. Symonds Yat West.
Tewkesbury Garden Centre, on the A38 just north of where it is joined by the A438, has a Coffee Shop. Phone 01684 293103.
See Lower Lode, under Chaceley Stock above, for summer foot ferry.
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 Pudding Shop and Kitchen Cafe, at 14d Backfields, WR8 0JH. Sweet and savoury hand-made steamed puddings, such as Spotted Dick, Sea Salted Caramel, eat in or takeaway. Wednesday to Friday only, except Upton festival weekends.
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.
Vale of Evesham
Pershore (don’t judge the town by the railway station of that name!), Evesham, Honeybourne …
Vale and Spa (Wychavon district) takes in Droitwich Spa, Pershore, Evesham and more. There is a Blossom Trail cycle route (see Cycling Around Malvern), with the train station as a recommended starting point.
Visit Pershore tourist info site.
Number 8 Community Arts Centre has a cafe which is a good place for a coffee, cake or ice cream. 8 High Street, Pershore.
Visit Evesham official website.
The Fleece Inn at Bretforton holds a regular Asparagus Festival May/June (it is a National Trust property); the nearby The Round of Gras (Badsey) claims to be the only pub anywhere named after this locally grown delicacy.
Village just south of Malvern. Village stores cafe has closed but still open for provisions.
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.