Travelling through the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire we’ll tackle the Malvern Hills (twice) and explore the glourious nearby countryside, including the River Severn at Upton upon Severn.
Starting from Ledbury we take the steep climb up Knapp Lane and out towards the main Worcester Road, it’s right here where we cycle past Eastnor castle and deer park and onto the gradual climb up to Hollybush.
We decent down towards Rye Street where we’re back onto quieter roads and head along Longdon Marshes Road towards Longdon. At the main road T junction it’s right heading under the M50 motorway very briefly, before heading left into Pipers End and the scenic roads towards Forthampton.
We’re now on Route 45 of the National Cycle Network and continue to head along this lovely route towards Chaceley and Tirley. It’s left here along the busy road towards Lower Applerley where eventually we join the busy Tewkesbury Road.
Be careful of the traffic here (there is a cycle lane to stay in) and head around a mile up the road where we then turn right towards Tredington. Just as you enter the village we turn left towards Fiddington and onto Ashchurch.
Heading through the village we follow the quiet road behind the army stores before a left towards Kinsham. Turn right and follow the road towards Kemerton. The Kemerton Coffee House has not long been open but serves up great coffee and cake, in addition to some very tasty toasties – be sure to stop here – we’re well over halfway!
Once refuelled we head north along the B4080 to Eckington, over the River Avon (a scenic picnic stop awaits) before hitting the main road into Pershore. It’s left here, down the short hill and then turning off right towards Besford. We follow the signs to Croome Park and then through the pretty villages of High Green, Kinnersley and Earls Croome.
It’s right onto the main road towards Upton upon Severn where we pass over the River Severn before heading right at the mini roundabout and then half a mile later, right towards the excellent Clive’s Fruit Farm – a great place for coffee, cake and cider!
It’s the final stretch along some lovely quiet roads towards Wellend where we then head up the hill towards British Camp (and the wonderful Sally’s Place), before the final decent back down into the busy market town of Ledbury!