There’s a simple equation that gets cyclists’ cogs whirring: undulating backroads times scenery and history plus coffee and cold cider equals pedalling paradise. Whatever your fitness and pace, you’ll find routes to suit in Herefordshire, from gentle jaunts to 60-mile cross-county epics. You’ll encounter terrains ranging from level lanes alongside rivers Wye, Lugg and Arrow, to switchback ascents and descents across the Golden Valley, the Black Mountains’ eastern flanks and the Malvern Hills. Mountain bikers tackle trails in Mortimer Forest, Wigmore Rolls, Symonds Yat and Wapley Hill. And throughout, routes are lined with attractions to tempt you out of the saddle: medieval castles, fragrant gardens, traditional timber-framed cottages in chocolate-box hamlets.
With bike shops and cycle-friendly accommodation – not to mention those all-important cafés, pubs and local producers – Herefordshire’s a treat to wander on two wheels, whether you want a full day on the road or just an afternoon’s amble.
Recommended Cycle Routes
Ancient orchards & artisan cider
The Redstreak Ramble – 59 or 31.5 miles
The ancient apple and pear orchards of southern Herefordshire, some of them well over two centuries old, are lovingly harvested by local producers to ferment spectacular ciders and perries in traditional and innovative styles. Roll between them on an undulating ride through glorious countryside.
Postcard-pretty villages & secluded valleys
The Black & White Villages Leisure Ride – 15 or 9 miles
Tour four of northern Herefordshire’s most photogenic ‘black and white villages’. There’s nothing mock about the Tudor-style timber-framed houses lining these sleepy streets, interspersed with friendly pubs, historic churches and riverside picnic spots to tempt thirsty cyclists. With just a few short climbs and an optional shortcut, it’s a relaxing ride.
Challenges, cheese & cider
The Newton Wonder – 49 miles
The payoffs for a succession of moderate ascents during the first stretch of this loop through northwest Herefordshire are sweeping vistas across the heart of the county. There’s more visual appeal in a trio of 'black and white villages', plus refuelling stops for artisan cheese and cider in Monkland Dairy, Newton Court Cider and Butford Farm, too.