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The Last Leg of CathedralCycleRoute from Durham to Newcastle cathedral

The Cathedral Cycle R oute was created as a lockdown project by social scientist Shaun Cutler linking 42 cathedrals of England by a single route for cyclist, some 2,000 miles. As Shaun and fellow cathedral cyclist Graham Rutt left Durham, I joined them with 9 women from the brilliant Durham Redstarts Cycle Touring group.

A relatively straight forward 15 miles into Newcastle we were sent on our way by Canon Simon Oliver from Durham blessing us as we manouvered through the narrow passageways of Durham to join Frankland Lane, passing by the newly opened Crook Hall cafe which I mentioned in a previous post (14th July 2022). This took us to the 167 which we followed to the Angel of the North, the iconic sculpture by Antony Gormley.

A special bronze baton had been created by young artist, Shaun Cutler’s daughter, which had a certain resonance to the event.

Handing the cathedral baton over from Canon Simon Oliver to your blogger

The blessing, sending us on our way

Adding the 2kg baton to our tandem for extra ballast!

Off we go! Leaving the 900 year old church

A pause at Gormley’s Angel of the North

Arrival at St.Nicholas Cathedral church, Newcastle

With the Dean, Geoff Miller

The baron around the Baptis font

We were interviewed and filmed by a Christian TV station and you can find the report on this you tube link…about 5 mins in.

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