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Cyclists from St Edmundsbury Cathedral join in the Cathedrals Cycle Route Relay 2022

Cyclists from St Edmundsbury Cathedral will be taking part in the second nationwide relay ride on the new Cathedrals Cycle Route that links every one of the 42 Church of England cathedrals.


A group set off from Newcastle Cathedral on June 6, to coincide with the start of Bike Week, Cycling UK’s annual celebration of cycling, and fellow cyclists are expected to return to Newcastle Cathedral 42 days later (weather permitting) bringing back the baton which will have been passed between each of the 42 Church of England cathedrals.


St Edmundsbury Cathedral cyclists will ride between Bury St Edmunds and Norwich passing on the commemorative baton to the next group of riders in this unique event to celebrate the 2,000-mile loop which links all 42 English Cathedrals to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing and raise funds for good causes.

Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Joe Hawes, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this nationwide event. We champion eco approaches and encourage visitors to choose greener options when visiting us. We urge visitors to appreciate not just the beauty and sanctity of our building, but to enjoy the journey between them as well. After 2 years being in and out of lockdown, being outside is so important for our mental and physical wellbeing.”


CCR Bury to Norwich

The Cathedrals Cycle Route is a unique partnership between the Association of English Cathedrals and Cycling UK, with the support of Sustrans, the British Pilgrimage Trust and Northumbria University. Anyone can ride the route, cycling part of the way between one or two cathedrals or attempting the whole of the 2,000-mile loop.


Each cathedral has a dedicated cycle champion to improve the cycle-readiness of its building, ensure a warm welcome for visiting cyclists and increase the number that currently arrive on two wheels.


Sarah Friswell, Visitor Experience Manager, is St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s Cycle Champion. She said: “However our visitors come to our cathedral this year, we look forward to welcoming them and if they come on two wheels, we’re ready with a warm welcome, a place to park their bikes, and somewhere to fill their water bottles.”


The Cathedrals Cycle Route is the invention of academic, entrepreneur and keen cyclist Shaun Cutler, from Northumbria University, and was designed to help us all out of lockdown with opportunities for short cycle rides between cathedrals, new partnerships and fundraising for activities to support physical and mental wellbeing.


Shaun said: “The Cathedrals Cycle Route is about connecting our historic cathedrals and enjoying the spaces between them. The last few years have seen a lot of change, the Cathedrals Cycle Route is a great way to rediscover and reconnect, supporting people’s mental and physical health and promoting the mission of England’s cathedrals through pilgrimage, wellbeing and heritage.”