Routes

On this page: existing provision – paths and bridges, Malvern on the national cycle network, possible future bike routes (such as Malvern to Upton).

The Malvern to Worcester cycle route now has its own page.

If you want to find out about routes to ride on the Hills or other leisure trails, see MalvernTrail.

Cycle Paths

So far in Malvern:

  • A shared path crosses Link Common from the railway station to Pickersleigh Road. At summer 2020 this has shrunk to a narrow path in places, due to surface maintenance, so do be careful of passing pedestrians.
  • A separated track alongside Townsend Way/North End Lane. Rather spoilt by all the road junctions, with no priority for cyclists. There is a connection across Worcester Road, near the Newland roundabout.
  • The North End Lane (western end) of the above is part of NCN Route 46, as below. This part of NCN46 extends largely on road via Orford Way, Sherrards Green Road and Pound Bank Road to near a pedestrian signalled crossing at Barnards Green, aiding crossing over to Geraldine Road to reach Chase School and the Science Park – NCN 46 currently ends at the lane alongside the latter.

See Route Planning below for possible future connections.

Cycle and pedestrian bridges

Both Hereford and Worcester acquired cycle/pedestrian bridges as part of a large group of Connect2 Sustrans schemes (funded by the People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway, Dec. 2007).

In Worcester, this is the “Severn Bridge at Diglis Lock and Link to Powick”. It should connect with a route to Malvern (NCN 46, below) at some point in the future. Diglis Bridge on Discover Worcestershire. Birmingham’s PushBikes explains why they think the bridge is a great facility.

In Hereford the bridge crosses the River Wye from south east of the town centre to Rotherwas (near sewage works). It has a Facebook page! Also see Herefordshire Council’s cycle routes and paths web page.

National Cycle Network

See the Network on Ordnance Survey maps. Here’s the key for reference:

Key to NCN map

NCN Route 46 from Abergavenny to Hereford should be extended ultimately via Malvern and on to Worcester. Route 46 from Worcester to Droitwich and Bromsgrove is already on the map.

The bits of NCN cycle route currently in Malvern have been renumbered to 46, instead of route 45. OS Maps link – if necessary, use the map layer button to select National Cycle Network.

Original proposals from Sustrans for National Cycle Network route 45 for the area (Worcester to Gloucester) have been changed, and it will now link Stourport , Droitwich, Worcester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester.

Route Planning

See separate page for Malvern to Worcester route.

Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC)’s Destination Zero plan has ‘Encourage low carbon travel’ as one of its 8 priorities. An associated action is “Invest in increasing the number of walking and cycling networks across the district”. See MHDC’s Tackling Climate Change pages.

Malvern to Upton

The line of the old railway is an attractive option – MHDC has put it in their five year plan and Worcestershire County Council has identified this as an ‘Active Travel Corridor’ (ATC). However, there are difficulties in implementing the route in practice. The Active Travel report, along with map below (Nov. 2020), states:

  • Malvern to Three Counties – Creation of link between Peachfield Rd Malvern and Three Counties Showground, Phase 1 of Malvern to Upton ATC. A number of options have been explored with land negotiations with Three Counties and other land owners reaching impasse. Further on road options have been explored and are likely to be discounted due to restricted widths. New guidance LTN1/20 does not fit with this alignment.
  • Three Counties to Upton – Phase 2 of Malvern to Upton cycle link, proposed alignment along the dismantled railway. Can only go ahead once phase 1 has been delivered.
Extract from WCC Active Travel report – Crown copyright re base mapping

This issue has been discussed on our Facebook group, where members are keen to see progress being made. (Councils were looking into this route in 2007, so not a new idea!)

Old planning notes: Science Park/North End Lane

In 2007, Cycle Malvern was told that “the route will be marked using cycle symbols in the road, about 1.5 metres out from the kerb, so that they can be seen if vehicles are parked. Separate to the scheme, is a pelican crossing going in on Barnards Green Road between Geraldine Road and Pound Bank Road. This will assist cyclists in getting out at the junctions.”

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