Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk in which people from all over the country walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. The money they raise helps to preserve some of Britain’s 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses which are at risk of falling into serious disrepair.
Supported by The National Churches Trust and in partnership with County Churches Trusts nationwide, Ride+Stride crosses 34 counties and opens the doors to some of Britain’s most rare and unusual churches, chapels and meeting houses. To help raise money for these wonderful buildings you will need to be sponsored by your friends and family, and you can get sponsorship details from the local Ride+Stride organisers in your County (or from the National Churches Trust, if there is no event in your area – please click here for more information about riding and striding for the National Churches Trust).
With thousands to choose from, there is no shortage of fantastic churches, chapels and meeting houses to visit and support. You can find a church bell (in the tree) or a stone hedgehog (on the door) at St Nicholas’ Church in Barfrestone, Kent. Look for carved pigs feeding in Little Malvern Priory in Worcestershire (on a monk’s arm rest). Buy stamps or send a letter in the Church post office at All Saints Church in Sheepy Magna, Leicestershire. Or even visit an art exhibition at Holy Trinity Church in Leeds.
In 2014, Ride+Stride is aiming to raise over £1.5 million for the restoration and preservation of the UK’s historic churches, chapels and meeting houses. Find out how to take part by visiting our How to Ride+Stride page.