Try the New Tower and Spires Bike Route

Tower and Spires RouteA 40-mile cycling trail of historic churches around Chester has been created to encourage people to get out and explore the countryside and heritage. The Tower & 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, and St James’ church, Christleton. From there, the trail takes in the Anglican churches in Waverton, Hargrave, Bunbury, Tattenhall, Fardon, Aldford and Bruera.

As well as the full 40-mile route, there is a 28-mile option, and a rural-only ride with details given on the map.

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). The route is the fifth in a series of cycle trails designed by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in partnership with the Church of England.

A map of the route has been produced and will be available free from the Chester Cathedral welcome desk, and an be downloaded using the link below:

Towers and Spires Cheshire Churches Cycle Tour Leaflet


  1. I visited the cathedral recently to collect one of the towers and spires map but sadly no-one there knew anything about this leaflet!
    How can I obtain one please?

    • Has this been resolved now, Paul? Do the cathedral have copies of the leaflet now?

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