Cycling tour of historic churches is launched
26 April 2016A 40-mile cycling trail of historic churches around Chester has been organised to encourage people to get out and explore the countryside and local heritage.
The Tower & Spires tour starts at Chester Cathedral and then takes in St John’s church, Chester, which is the oldest standing building in the city still in use for its original purpose.
The next stop on the route is St James’ church, Christleton, which had Anglo-Saxon beginnings but was extensively rebuilt in the Georgian and Victorian periods.
The cycle tour project has been organised by the Diocese of Chester with funding from Cheshire West and Chester Council and Active Cheshire (an organisation which seeks to enable people to get active on a regular basis).
A leaflet including a map of the route, and lots of fascinating facts and pictures, has been produced. It’s available free from Chester Cathedral welcome desk and from the various churches along the Tower & Spires route from Saturday 30 April 2016 onwards.
The trail also takes in the Anglican churches in Waverton, Hargrave, Bunbury, Tattenhall, Fardon, Aldford and Bruera.
As well as the full 40-mile route, there is a 28-mile option, and a rural-only ride– details are given on the map.
Emily Allen, Church Buildings Development Officer for the Diocese of Chester, said: “It’s been great working with the nine churches on the trail, and the cathedral, on developing this project. We hope people will enjoy visiting these fascinating places of worship.”
It will be the fifth in a series of cycle trails designed by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in partnership with the Church of England.
The Tower & Spires trail will be officially launched at the Dean’s Field by Chester Cathedral on Saturday 30 April, 10am to 2pm.
Groups of cyclists will be setting off from Dean’s Field as well as a fun event for families, with stalls promoting local bike shops, cycling clubs, healthy living and local charities. Our main aim is to encourage people to get on their bikes and explore the local area. Attending the event will be MP Chris Matheson; Vice Dean of the Cathedral, Peter Howell-Jones, and Ian Bishop, Arch Deacon from the Diocese of Chester.