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Pedal pilgrimage made between our three cathedrals

First published on: 20th June 2023

Thirteen cyclists took part in a day of cycling on Friday, June 9, with two riders heading from Ripon Cathedral to Bradford, ten from Bradford Cathedral to Wakefield, and one covering the entire journey!

Cyclists from across Yorkshire made the pedal pilgrimage between the three Cathedrals of the Diocese of Leeds as part of this year’s Cathedrals Cycle Relay.

The relay, which fell within the 100th annual Bike Week, is the third time it has taken place at the cathedrals.

Cyclists set off from Ripon Cathedral in the morning, heading towards Bradford, with a second leg from Bradford Cathedral to Wakefield.

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

Each cathedral has been encouraged to appoint a dedicated cycle champion to improve the cycle-readiness of its building, ensure a warm welcome for visiting cyclists and increase the number that currently arrive on two wheels.

Maurice Manktelow, Bradford Cathedral’s Cycle Champion, said: “We were delighted to be a part of this relay again.

“We love having the opportunity to be at the heart of initiatives to support and connect our communities and the Cathedrals Cycle Route is one way of doing that.

“It allows visitors to Bradford Cathedral to appreciate not just the beauty and sanctity of our building, but to enjoy the journey between them as well.”

The Revd Dr Philip Hobday, Sub-Dean at Wakefield Cathedral, said: “We were delighted once again to be part of this year’s Cathedrals Cycle Route.

“It’s a partnership close to our hearts at Wakefield Cathedral.

“As well as raising awareness of our scenic county and historic buildings, it also shows the commitment to greener living and sustainable travel which our award-winning Eco Group does so much to promote.”

Those visiting the cathedrals – whether that’s on foot or by bike – are welcome to get their Pilgrim Passport stamped and stickered, and Passports are on sale in the shop for those starting out on their Cathedral journey.

Plans are now being made for the route for 2024.

If you would like to find out more, and be involved in future cycling events, please e-mail


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