Cycling & Walking for physical & spiritual wellbeing in 2021


Discover Cathedrals, Discover Pilgrimage: Gloucester Cathedral are Cycling and Walking for physical and spiritual wellbeing in 2021

Thursday 1 July 9.30am - From the Cathedral Main Gates/College Street

Cyclists from Gloucester Cathedral will take part in a nationwide relay ride on Thursday 1 July following a new cycle route linking every Church of England Cathedral. Later in the summer the Cathedral Ramblers, staff, volunteers and members of the public will complete a Pilgrimage Walk from Tewkesbury Abbey to Gloucester Cathedral.

Both events are supported by the Association of English Cathedrals and aim to increase physical and spiritual wellbeing - combining being active in nature and caring for the planet whilst joining up local and national spiritual heritage sites.

The Cathedral’s Cycle Network relay event marks the launch of the new 2,000-mile loop, which links all 42 English Cathedrals to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing. Team Gloucester will set off from Gloucester Cathedral on 1 July, taking forward the specially commissioned Cathedrals Cycle Network baton to not one but two Cathedrals - Hereford and Worcester!

Canon Andrew Braddock, said “The wellbeing benefits to people and planet of cycling are significant. We are delighted to be supporting this event and look forward to welcoming pilgrims and visitors following the launch of the Cathedrals Cycle Route”.

But it’s not just cycling! Across England walking routes are being launched that track ancient paths of pilgrimage to the nation’s cathedrals. Intended for launch in 2020, the Discover Cathedrals, Discover Pilgrimage initiative has been moved in to 2021 and beyond to respond to the pandemic as restrictions are lifted.

Aiming to make pilgrimage more accessible, reconnecting with the paths walked by ancestors and promoting spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing the Gloucester Pilgrimage has been developed through collaboration between the Cathedral Ramblers, staff and volunteers and partner organisations. The walk will connect Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral via several parish churches across stunning countryside and all are welcome to join - look out for registration later in the summer.



Cycle Relay Event - Team Gloucester will leave Cathedral Green via the Cathedral’s main gates to College Street at 9.30am on Thursday 1 July. Press are welcome to attend. Please contact for interviews/photograph options.

Pilgrimage Walk event - The Pilgrimage Walk will take place on Gloucester Day - Saturday 4 September, walking a specially devised route from Tewkesbury Cathedral, arriving in to Gloucester for a dedicated Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral. Covid restrictions allowing, we hope to open registration for the Pilgrimage Walk to the general public at the end of July.

Notes for Editors

Gloucester Cathedral
For more information about the events and activities we offer, including physical activity for wellbeing, visit our website For more information about our wider Community Engagement and Social Responsibility work including the Cathedrals Cycle Route and Pilgrimage Walk contact:
Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager
T. 01452 229838 - E. 

Cathedrals Cycle Route
The Cathedrals Cycle Route is a unique partnership between the Association of English Cathedrals, the British Pilgrimage Trust, Cycling UK and Sustrans

Cycling UK
(includes Break the Cycle and Bike Week)
For more information contact the Press and Media Team: Sam Jones, Communications and Media Manager  
T. 07584 271 300 – E.

Association of English Cathedrals (AEC)
Jane Bower, Communications Lead
T. 07885 142079 – E.

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