A NEW signposted trail for mountain bikers has been installed to help cyclists find their way around the Malvern Hills.
Starting at North Quarry car park, the circular route follows bridleways and permissive paths on the Hills open to mountain bikers.
The route is clearly signposted for visiting cyclists who may be unfamiliar with the Hills’ cycling access network.
The Malvern Hills Trust has been working closely with a mountain biking working group made up of local riders on the Malverns by Mountain Bike project to encourage responsible riding on the Hills and Commons.
Beck Baker, the trust’s community and conservation officer, said “Following on from the walking and cycling map and guide we launched in spring, providing information on the ground for cyclists is the next step in our project to encourage responsible riding.
“We know we have a large number of visiting cyclists from surrounding areas including Worcester and Birmingham who may not know anything about the access arrangements on the Malvern Hills or the special features here which need protecting.
“Those who are new to the area will be able to experience and enjoy riding in this amazing landscape along the signposted trails knowing they’re on the right tracks.”
The route has been carefully designed with the help of the cyclists, the MHT recreation advisory panel, Natural England and Worcestershire County Council.
Although the trails aren’t graded and there may be some tougher sections and climbs, the routes are intended for leisurely rides.
Cyclists wishing to ride single track or undertake downhill riding should visit alternative locations such as Forest of Dean Cycle Centre.
Beck added: “We’re extremely grateful to local mountain bikers who’ve worked with us on the Malverns by Mountain Bike project, as well as other user groups for sharing information and advice.”
A route card to accompany the trail which includes directions and further access advice can be collected from the MHT offices in Grange Road, the Tourist Information Centre on Church Street as well as local bike shops from Monday.