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Historic church cycle tour to be launched at Chester Cathedral

Route takes in historic churches in Cheshire

Cyclists outside of St. Peter's Church in Hargrave

A 40-mile cycle trail of historic Cheshire churches will be launched at Chester Cathedral on Saturday.

The Tower & Spires cycling path launch event will be held at the cathedral’s Falconry and Nature Gardens on the Dean’s Field from 10am-2pm with stalls from cycle shops, activity groups, Chester Cycling Campaign and cycle touring clubs.

Specialist cycle shops that have so far confirmed attendance are Sixty Nine Cycles, the Edge Cycleworks and the Bike Factory. Sixty Nine Cycles will set up a ‘bike doctor’ to check over cyclists’ bikes throughout the day.

Also in attendance will be Chester MP Chris Matheson, Archdeacon Ian Bishop and vice dean Peter Howell-Jones.

Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens will hold flying displays throughout the day, weather permitting, with 11 different species of birds of prey.

There will also be reptiles on show, where visitors can get up close and personal with snakes, lizards and cockroaches.

Six friendly Jacob sheep live on the Dean’s Field as well and enjoy being bucket fed by the public.

The 40-mile cycling trail of historic Chester churches has been organized 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, St James’ Church Christleton and other Anglican churches in Waverton, Hargrave, Bunbury, Tattenhall, Farndon, Aldford and Bruera.

A map of the route will be available free-of-charge from the Chester Cathedral welcome desk and at various churches along the Tower & Spires route from Saturday, April 30 2016 onwards.

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