Yesterday I text Ian and suggested a ride at the Wyre forest, he replied ok but if we go early we could ride The Malvern Hills before they get busy. I was a little shocked when he said "early" meant 6am on a Sunday! but in for a pound in for a penny and i said ok.
The bed rock of the Malvern Hills was formed 600 million years ago (late pre-Cambrian, igneous/metamorphic) making it some of the oldest and hardest rock in Britain. There are no fossils in it. About 400 million years ago it was thrust up through the floor of the Silurian Sea and it is still a significant landmark for miles around and a must do for all local MTBers
We parked up at De Wyche cutting just before &am this morning and unloaded the bikes into some slight drizzle, typical after 3 weeks of bone dry weather it was actually raining a bit but it wasn't cold so we manned up, climbed the steps and began the big pull up to the ridge line of The Malverns. Now this area is very sensitive and the local walkers are very vocal in their dislike for mountain bikes that stray away from bridleways and onto the cheekier parts, but of course the cheekier parts are sometimes the best. So far we're not blessed with an access all areas mandate that of Scottish (& maybe soon to be Welsh) cousins enjoy so we have to be a bit sneaky, hence the early start to avoid walkers and the very prevalent Conservators and Wardens who roam the hills policing the rules.
Once on the spine of the hills it's very up and down, proper big ring bouncing off the rocky outcrops going down and granny ring, desperately trying to keep the front wheel on the ground, stem biting agony going up, The grassy sections were damp from the (thankfully now stopped) earlier rain and the bikes and ourselves were quickly filthy. It was really adrenalin boosting on the downs, on unfamiliar ground at speed with quite a few drops that were just hit and home they didn't turn out to be too steep. Thankfully stopping for a breather allowed us to glimpse the immense views of the severn valley on one side and Wales on the other
So, Malvern was bagged without hassle from anyone and cake was consumed, if you are in the area, you must do both.
Anyone else want to post up a ride or review? give Myself or D.S.Mikey a shout with your work and if you don't have the keys to the blog we'll put it up for you and don't forget, pictures paint a thousand words, over to you lot...