Visit unique historic buildings, see beautiful countryside, get some exercise, have fun with the family and raise funds for our historic churches!
That’s the reasoning behind Ride+Stride, which is a sponsored bike ride (or walk) in which people all over England walk or cycle between churches, in between exploring and enjoying the countryside.
This year, 2018, the event takes place on Saturday September 8th
The money raised helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and occasionally the installation of modern facilities.
Supported by The National Churches Trust and in partnership with county based local Historic Churches Trusts, Ride+Stride opens the doors to some of England’s most rare and unusual churches, chapels and meeting houses.
Most of the registered churches are open from 10am to 6pm and there will usually be someone there to welcome you and offer refreshments
In Staffordshire over one hundred places of worship are taking part, man of them open especially for the occasion. So there is no shortage of fantastic churches, chapels and meeting houses to visit and support.
See: full list of churches taking part in Staffordshire Ride & Stride this year.
Staffordshire was one of the first counties to take up Ride+Stride – it began here in 1984.
Our county’s R&S collection is by far the largest contributor to the income of the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust, which celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 2013.
Each year the SHCT presents a trophy to the cyclist who visits most churches on Ride+Stride day; the trophy is, of course, a Staffordshire china plate!
To register as a participant, for further information on what’s happening in your area, or to request a sponsorship form, send the Staffordshire Ride+Stride organiser an email or tel. 07948 481929
Bear Grylls, the author, television presenter and Chief Scout commented: “Many historic churches, chapels and meeting houses are battling to survive. Roofs leak, ancient timbers rot and medieval stonework crumbles. Now you can help by joining the Ride+Stride adventure, a sponsored bike ride or walk discovering beautiful churches, which also raises money for their repair and preservation.”