22nd Jan, 2021

Mountian bikers gather to improve accessibility to Malvern Hills

Craig Gibbons 20th Feb, 2018

MOUNTAIN bikers gathered on Saturday to improve access for visitors to the Malvern Hills.

Fifteen volunteers joined the Malvern Hills Trust, formerly the Conservators, and Butterfly Conservation volunteers to clear scrub and small trees from a popular bridleway from North Quarry car park.

The path from Ivy Scar Rock up to De Walden Drive is an extremely popular walking and cycling route.

However, overgrown vegetation was impeding access.

The work of volunteers has improved sight-lines along the path and created more passing areas for visitors heading up and down the hill.

Beck Baker, community and conservation officer, said: “We’d like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday to put something back into the Hills we all love.

“In the winter sunshine, everyone got stuck into tackling prickly gorse and broom to open up access for visitors, whether they’re on foot or on two wheels.”

The Trust has been working with bikers on a responsible mountain biking campaign.

This campaign will launch in the spring and will include a new map and guide to help walkers and cyclists navigate the footpaths and bridleways of the hills.

The Trust will also be opening up a series of waymarked cycling trails for visitors to the Malvern Hills.

“We’re looking forward to launching our mountain biking campaign this spring which will provide more information for local mountain bikers and cycling visitors from outside the area,” Beck added.

“Mountain biking is a fantastic way to enjoy the views the Malvern Hills have to offer and is a great way to stay fit and healthy.

“Providing more information for cyclists will help riders to enjoy this shared landscape in a way that keeps them special for the future.”

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