The Cuthbert Cycling Challenge

John Holmes, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ trustee, will cycle 540 miles, following the journey of St Cuthbert.

About the challenge

To celebrate The Lindisfarne Gospels' return to the North East at the Laing Art Gallery (17 September - 3 December 2022), Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ trustee, John Holmes will cycle 540 miles, following the journey of St Cuthbert.  

John will depart from Holy Island on 1 September to embark upon the 540 mile, 8-day pilgrimage.  He will be cycling in excess of 50 miles per day, taking in many of the significant settlements visited by the travelling monks along the way, arriving 8 days later at the Laing Art Gallery. 

“Ensuring that everyone is able to access heritage and culture is very important to me, as I have seen first-hand the positive impact culture can have on people's lives. The Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition is designed to raise awareness of the historical significance to the region, and spark discussion about how we connect to the wider world, alongside the possible futures we can achieve together. 

“I am taking part in this challenge to raise money for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, where I am a trustee, so we can provide life changing cultural experiences for the children and young people of the North East. 

Please donate today and help Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums use arts and culture to positively impact the lives of many young people and their families in the North East.” 

Thank you,  

John Holmes 

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