Explore our diocese by bike or on foot and raise money for GHCT

Published: Friday August 11, 2023


a group of people rinding bikes with a church in the backgroundRide + Stride happens on Saturday 9 September, when people from worshipping communities across the Diocese will visit as many churches as possible, on foot, by bike or on horseback, to raise funds for Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT).

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If you’re thinking about taking part, but need a bit of inspiration, here are some ideas, from epic journeys through to shorter strolls.

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust 

GHCT has created some cycling and walking routes to help explore some of our Gloucestershire and Bristol churches, from Cirencester to the Ampney Churches, to the St James’ Quedgeley route created by Paul Bridges (pictured right).


Cathedrals Cycle Route

There is a cycle route that stretches across England for almost 2,000 miles, taking in all the English Cathedrals.

Our local routes are from Oxford Cathedral to Gloucester (CCR 31)  which is a 54-mile route and then on to Hereford via route (CCR 32) which is a 29-mile section.

There are many ways to complete this route, both on-road and off-road, but however 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 passport or ribbon collections may be required).


Sustrans National Cycle Network: Route 41

Route 41 is a charming long-distance cycle ride through the beautiful English countryside. It also offers you the opportunity to visit lovely towns and cities such as Bristol, Gloucester and Stratford-upon-Avon. Route 41 includes woods rich with wildlife, impressive architecture and wonderful views. It is just over 120 miles and takes around 10 hours on a bike and 40 and a half hours on foot.

Churches Conservation Trust

You can find downloadable walking routes from the Churches Conservation Trust including routes around Sapperton, Cirencester and the Cotswolds.

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