The Ride and Stride sponsored event takes place on the second Saturday in September every year in most English counties. This page describes the idea of the ride and stride. More specific information on this event can be found here.
It is now the Trust’s principal source of income. Cyclists and walkers are sponsored to go out and visit churches –and now you can go by public transport or car if riding and striding are too strenuous.Most of the churches are open from 10 am to 6 pm and there will be someone there to welcome you and offer refreshments.
Some churches cannot man the church all day. A few are only able to put the signing-in register in the porch or on the door.
140 churches of all denominations took part last year in Staffordshire – we would love to increase that number. People find it is a wonderful day of fellowship – both for the cyclists and walkers and the folk who open up their churches to receive them. Some churches send out a group of walkers or cyclists and enjoy a picnic together during the day.
Half the money raised by cyclists and walkers is returned to their own church.
If you like visiting churches this is the best day in the whole year (apart from Sundays and Holy Days) to find churches open. A provisional list of churches taking part this year is can be downloaded here.
To take part in the event as a church please use the forms listed here.
If you are not a member of a church you can still take part; download the sponsorship form, and there is no need to register
The provisional list of churches will be available by late June; the final list in late August; latecomers on the website.