Launching during Bike Week 2021 is the Cathedrals Cycle Route, taking you nearly 2,000 miles across England’s landscape between 42 cathedrals.
The Relay Challenge starts at England’s most northerly cathedral, Newcastle, on 30 May. An Olympic-style baton will be carried between 42 cathedrals in 42 days. The leg from Chelmsford Cathedral to St Albans Cathedral takes place on Sunday 13 June.
Chelmsford Cathedral is looking for cyclists to carry or accompany the baton for all or part of the way to St Albans (48 miles). The route follows existing cycle trails or minor roads for much of the way. This year, because of Covid-19 restrictions, participants are being asked to register in advance for the Relay. To register interest in taking part, please contact Caroline, at Chelmsford Cathedral.
Cycle with Purpose
Why not cycle from Chelmsford to St Albans for your chosen charity or support Cycling UK’s Break the Cycle appeal, which aims to help improve people's wellbeing through the charity’s community cycling clubs, activities, and projects nationwide.
The Cathedrals Cycle Route (CCR) has been devised in partnership between Cycling UK, the British Pilgrimage Trust, Sustrans and the Association of English Cathedrals and will link 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.
You can ride as much or as little of the CCR as you like when you like but when you arrive at a Cathedral you will be welcomed. Each cathedral will carry a CCR stamp and cycle ribbon to collect. Medals will be available to purchase for each cathedral-to-cathedral section (with all profits going to charity). A coveted CCR Finishers Medal is available to all those who have completed the full 42 cathedrals (CCR stamp passport or ribbon collections may be required).
The published CCR route takes mostly paved surfaces suitable for all skill levels and makes use of existing trails where possible. The route is not signposted, but very often you are following a recognised cycle route. Cyclists aren’t expected to ride all 42 cathedrals in one go, although the "42 cathedrals in 42 days" relay challenge is planned to become an annual event!
For the more ambitious, there are also Tri-Cathedral routes. Chelmsford is linked with St Albans and Bury St Edmunds.