Where can I cycle for fun in Herefordshire?
Cycling is a great way to get a flavour of Herefordshire's diverse and wonderful landscape.
Local cycle rides
We have designed six cycle rides which avoid main roads where possible and the worst of the hills. Cycled over a day, with a picnic or refuelling stop at any of the pubs or places of interest, you can experience the beautiful scenery, charming villages and historic buildings that Herefordshire has to offer.
The routes can be downloaded from the right of the page and each map is set to print as A4. For a copy of the Herefordshire Leisure Cycle Guide which details all six routes please call 01432 260514.
Tourist information centres and Herefordshire Cider Route
Ride information is also available at Hereford's tourist information centre and includes two cider routes in the county.
Come Cycling: Ledbury
The Come Cycling Ledbury scheme has been set up by members of the Ledbury Area Cycle Forum (LACF), a non-profit group that works to improve cycling facilities and promote cycle use in the east of Herefordshire. They publish a wide range of cycling maps for purchase on their site.
Malvern Hills cycle routes
For cycling routes in the Malvern Hills visit the Malvern Hills AONB website.
To the south of the county is Sustrans' Peregrine Path running between Symonds Yat and Monmouth. You can also order leaflets free of charge from Sustrans, telephone 0845 113 0065.
The Forestry Commission have well signposted trails in Hopton Wood near Knighton and the Forest of Dean.
Pedalabikeaway are a trail centre based in the Cannop area of the Forest of Dean where you can hire bikes and find out about local trails.
Wheely Wonderful Cycling
Wheely Wonderful Cycling sell a variety of Herefordshire cycle maps and guides.
Long distance routes
Sustrans' National Cycle Network spans the UK and four routes are being developed in the county:
- NCN44 - Hereford – Rotherwas (along the new Greenway). Ultimately aiming to connect Shrewsbury to Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, our section currently runs from Holmer in the north of the city to our new Greenway. Neighbouring Shropshire Council have a leaflet for their section of NCN44, covering the Shrewsbury to Leominster section
- NCN46 - Hereford – Kentchurch (- Abergavenny). We have recently completed signing a section of the Newport to Droitwich route across the south west of the county to the Welsh border
- NCN423 - Goodrich – Symonds Yat (- Peregrine Path - Monmouth) connects Goodrich Castle to the Peregrine Path
- NCN426 - Kentchurch – Skenfrith ( - Four Castles route) is a spur off NCN46 along the Monnow valley to join the Four Castles route
As well as the National Cycle Network routes we are developing with Sustrans, the National Byway route in Herefordshire takes in Leominster and Ledbury. For more details visit the National Byway website.
For general information about mountain biking visit the International Mountain Biking Association's website. Locally there are mountain biking trails in the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and Hopton Wood near Knighton. For mountain biking trails in Powys visit Rough Rides.