Cathedrals Cycle Route / Relay

Cathedrals Cycle Route relay team 2021.


What is the Cathedrals Cycle Route?

Long-distance cycle routes in the UK have become hugely popular in recent years and it doesn’t come much longer than this one: the Cathedrals Cycle Route (The CCR), stretching nearly 2,000 miles across England’s landscape.

Whichever English cathedral you visit this year, you will be able to arrive by bike thanks to a unique partnership between Cycling UK, the British Pilgrimage Trust, Sustrans and the Association of English Cathedrals that links every Church of England cathedral in a new initiative to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing. It is hoped that the route will be extended to other nations of the UK in the future.

Find out more on the Cycling UK website


Cathedrals Cycle Relay 2022

For details of this year's relay, please visit Eventbrite. Our leg this year - to York Minster - takes place on Thursday 14th July 2022.

Cyclists from Bradford Cathedral are welcome to do the entire journey to York Minster or just to Leeds Minster.


Here are the provisional and approximate timings for the 2022 cycle:

11am - Cyclists from Wakefield Cathedral arrive at Bradford Cathedral

11:30am - Cyclists leave Bradford after drinks / refreshments

1pm - Cyclists arrive at Leeds Minster

1:30pm - Cyclists leave leave Leeds Minster after a refreshment break

4pm - Cyclists arrived at York Minster


Arriving at York Minster: more information

There are no bike racks at York Minster but we hope for there to be provision in Dean’s Park, but this will be confirmed nearer the time

York Minster will be open until 5pm - before Evensong - to use the toilet facilities, have a drink and visit the Cathedral. Evensong starts at 5:30pm and there may be a short time for visiting after this and before closing at 6:30pm, but please check this on the day.

York Minster doesn't yet have a cafe but there are plenty of opportunities for refreshments around the Minster, including street vendors, cafes and pubs.


Cathedrals Cycle Route candle.


What can I get at Bradford Cathedral?

When you arrive at Bradford Cathedral please see one of our team to get your passport stamped, as well as getting both a pilgrim sticker and a special CCR sticker. If you haven't got a pilgrim passport you can buy one of these for just £5.


Pilgrim Passport.


Cathedrals Cycling Champion

Every cathedral has a volunteer Cathedrals Cycling Champion. Ours is Maurice Manktelow and you can contact him on


Maurice Manktelow, outside Bradford Cathedral with his bike.


Revd Canon Jay Colwill Cycles the Route


ARCHIVE: About the June 2021 relay

Cyclists from Bradford Cathedral will join a network of riders from every Church of England Cathedral, putting the new Cathedrals Cycle Route to the test for the World’s Biggest Bike Ride when it is launched in Bike Week on 30 May, with the Bradford to Wakefield leg taking place on Thursday 3rd June – World Bicycle Day.

The baton is etched with the words "some days you need a hand... other days you are called to lend a hand"

Twenty cyclists will ride between Bradford and Wakefield Cathedral, via Dewsbury Minster, passing on a specially commissioned baton to the next group of riders, in a unique relay event that launches the new routes. These routes link all 42 English Cathedrals and the route helps promote greener travel and better mental and physical wellbeing.

The West Yorkshire cyclists will be putting on their helmets, oiling up their chains and fuelling up ready to tackle the twenty-mile journey – or, for some, parts of it – to Wakefield Cathedral, a journey which takes in the beauty of the Spen Valley Greenway and will feature a refreshment break at Dewsbury Minster.

The first group of cyclists will set out from Newcastle Cathedral, the most northerly Anglican Cathedral, on Sunday May 30th and a group is expected to return to Newcastle 42 days later (weather permitting) having cycled every Church of England Cathedral. The relay will coincide with The World’s Biggest Bike Ride, marking the opening day of Bike Week (May 30 – June 5 2021), organised by Cycling UK.

The Cathedrals Cycle Route is a unique partnership between Sustrans, Cycling UK, the British Pilgrimage Trust and the Association of English Cathedrals. It measures 2,000 miles in total, and has sections of long and short rides to suit all abilities.

It is the invention of academic, entrepreneur and keen cyclist Shaun Cutler, from Northumbria University, and is designed to help us all out of lockdown with opportunities for short cycle rides between cathedrals, new partnerships and fundraising for physical and mental well-being activities.

Shaun says:
“The Cathedrals Cycle Route is about connecting our historic cathedrals and enjoying the spaces between them. 

“Now more than ever, after a year of living with the coronavirus pandemic, this is a way to support people’s mental and physical health and promote the mission of England’s cathedrals through pilgrimage, wellbeing and heritage.”


The relay ride will raise money for Cycling UK’s Break the Cycle appeal, which aims to improve people's wellbeing through the charity’s community cycling clubs, activities and projects nationwide. Some riders will also be supporting the work of Bradford Cathedral through online donations.

On a local level, the Bradford to Wakefield leg has seen Bradford Cathedral team up with the University of Bradford Union of Students, and Bradford’s Capital of Cycling.


The relay riders will leave from Bradford Cathedral at 10am on Thursday 3rd June, with a stop-off at Dewsbury Minster around 12noon before heading to Wakefield Cathedral for 1:30pm, after which it will be on to Sheffield Cathedral and the rest of the month-long relay route.


All places on the route from Bradford to Wakefield are full – places were limited to help ensure Covid-security – but cyclists are encouraged to visit the Cycling UK website to discover and take part in the routes and, where possible and when safe to do so, to cheer on the riders on Thursday 3rd June.


The Cathedrals Cycle Route is a network of rides between every one of the Church of England cathedrals. There are short and longer routes to suit every ability, and you can find them at


The launch of the Cathedrals Cycle Route follows a similar initiative last year between the Association of English Cathedrals and the British Pilgrimage Trust that established a pilgrimage route to every Church of England cathedral taking in established wayfarer routes, other places of faith, spiritual pathways and lesser known pilgrim ways enabling visitors to arrive on foot.


You can find them all at and at


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