Malvern Hills, Worcestershire and Herefordshire

The Malvern Hills are wilderness within the Midlands, outliers of the Welsh mountains and beloved by artists, writers, poets and composers. The Malverns have been composer (and eager bicycle owner) Edward Elgar’s muse, and the inspiration for 14th-century poet William Langland, whose well-known work Piers Plowman contains the phrases: “On a Could morning, on a Malvern hill-top/A marvel befell me, as would possibly a fairy story.”

Driving a ridge, hilltop to hilltop, is the particular biking expertise the Malvern Hills present. North to south they stand like a regiment, a cussed chain of 680-million-year-old rock, Wales to the west and the rolling fields of the Midlands to the east. Bike-accessible bridleways hint nearly the entire ridgeline, and there are a number of automotive parks alongside it too. Worcestershire Beacon (435 metres) is the very best level. A toposcope on the summit places names to locations within the view. Trip out and again alongside the ridge, or alongside the ridge and again on the quiet(ish) roads on the Malverns’ west aspect. The japanese flank roads are busier, however Nice Malvern is on the east aspect and is well-stocked with consuming locations and watering holes.

Cape Wrath, north-west Scotland

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