CCR 23: Chichester Cathedral to Portsmouth Cathedral

CCR 23: Chichester Cathedral to Portsmouth Cathedral

Lucy Watherston

Chichester cathedral to Portsmouth cathedral

This easy paced 19-mile route is part of the cathedral relay and Cathedral Cycle Route challenge for Bike Week.

This section takes riders between Chichester cathedral and Portsmouth cathedral, a 12th-century church elevated to cathedral status in the 20th century. The route is largely flat and skirts Chichester and Langstone harbours before entering the city of Portsmouth.

The CCR linking every English Cathedral

Long distance cycle routes in the UK have become hugely popular in recent years and it doesn’t come much longer than this one - The Cathedrals Cycle Route (The CCR), stretching nearly 2000 miles across England’s landscape.

Whichever English cathedral you visit this year, you will be able to arrive by bike thanks to a unique partnership between Cycling UK, the British Pilgrimage Trust, Sustrans and the Association of English Cathedrals that will link every Church of England cathedral in a new initiative to promote greener travel and mental and physical wellbeing.

There are many ways to complete this route, both on-road and off-road, but however you arrive at a Cathedral you will be welcomed.  Each cathedral will carry a CCR stamp and cycle ribbon, collect all 42 and you will join a group of cyclists.

Officially the route starts at England's most Northerly cathedral, Newcastle and from there winds its way around the country, taking in some of the best surroundings and sites that England has to offer.  History and natural beauty combine at each leg of the journey.

The days range from panoramic hill views, lakes, river and canal rides to quiet country back lanes. Cyclist aren’t expected to ride all 42 cathedrals in one go, although there is annual 42 cathedrals in 42 days relay challenge! Most cyclist will be tempted by the cathedral to cathedral day trips, with almost all destinations including train services allowing point to point journeys.

Each cathedral is aiming to appoint a dedicated cycle champion to improve the cycle-readiness of their buildings, ensuring a warm welcome for visiting cyclists.


The published CCR route takes mostly paved surfaces suitable for all skill levels and makes use of existing trails where possible. Note that the routes are still being refined. In time, the intention is to provide on-road and off-road alternatives where possible.


The route is not signposted, but very often you are following a recognised cycle route. Parts of the route will require far greater emphasis on your own navigation skills to stay on track, so with so many sites of interest to look out for, scenic vistas to enjoy and coffee shops to visit, don’t forget to keep one eye out for the cathedral spire.

Cycle with Purpose

Why not cycle cathedral to cathedral for your chosen charity or support Cycling UK’s Break the Cycle appeal, which aims to help improve people's wellbeing through the charity’s community cycling clubs, activities and projects nationwide.

Please note: This is not a Cycling UK route and and has been brought about with the help of Cathedral Cycle Champions and the cycling public so may be subject to change. If you think a route could be improved please get in touch at

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Regular cyclist
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