A bicycle is the perfect way to explore the countryside. These off-grid routes, from mountainous lung-busters to scenic family rides, explore history as well as wilderness

The Malvern Hills are wilderness in the Midlands, outliers of the Welsh mountains and beloved by artists, writers, poets and composers. The Malverns were composer (and keen cyclist) Edward Elgar’s muse, and the inspiration for 14th-century poet William Langland, whose famous work Piers Plowman includes the words: “On a May morning, on a Malvern hill-top/A marvel befell me, as might a fairy tale.”

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Source: The Guardian

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