Cycling tour of historic churches launched 2016

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undefinedA 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 'Towers & 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.

The trail also takes in the Anglican churches in Waverton, Hargrave, Bunbury, Tattenhall, Farndon, 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, our Church Buildings Development Officer, said: “It’s been great working with the nine churches on this trail, and the cathedral, on developing this project. We hope people will enjoy visiting these fascinating places of worship.”

The Towers & Spires trail is the fifth in a series of cycle trails designed by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in partnership with the Church of England.

ABOVE - cyclists enjoying a visit to St Peter’s church, Hargrave