Ride and Stride - This Year

This year's ride and stride event is due to take place on Saturday 12th September. We are still hoping to run this event but in the light of the ongoing coronavirus situation are awaiting guidance from the National Organisation and Government Guidance. We will announce here as soon as we can what we intend to do.

All documentation to enter the Ride and Stride is at this link:

Ride and Stride is the sponsored event in aid of the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust. On the second Saturday of September every year, all over England, cyclists and walkers (and drivers) are sponsored to visit churches; and churches open between 10am and 6pm to receive them. Half the money raised is returned to your church to use how you wish; the other half is given in grants to churches of all denominations towards the cost of repairs and maintenance. Ride and Stride is the principal source of income for SHCT. Ride and Stride day is also the best time in the year to visit churches and find them open throughout the day. Would the folk in your church consider getting involved as cyclists and walkers or as welcomers?  Some churches which get a lot of visitors even like to sponsor the welcomers for every visitor they clock in.

In 2019

  • 113 churches took part in Staffordshire. 46 churches  sent out cyclists/walkers/drivers who raised a total of  approx. £11,000, half of which can be returned to participating churches. The total will be increased by gift aid.
    In 2019 SHCT made grants totalling £15,750 to churches. Ride and Stride is the biggest source of income for the Trust from which grants are paid.
    The Ride and Stride trophy was won by the walker who visited most churches:  this was David Westwood of St Augustine’s, Rugeley. Congratulations, David! This year the trophy will go to the cyclist/walker/driver who raises most money from sponsorship

This year - 2020

Some churches have indicated that the Trust can keep all the sponsor money to use in grants. The sponsor form has been amended to allow for this option

Once again, if people want to take part but find cycling or walking too strenuous they can use public transport or go by car and still be sponsored (but let’s still encourage those who cycle or walk!)


Ride and Stride day is Saturday September 12th between 10am and 6pm (or as long as you can manage)


A list of churches taking part will be available no later than a week before the day, available by email to jwallbridge@hotmail.co.uk or on the website. There will be large Ride and Stride banners in place at some churches in prominent roadside locations:  Barton under Needwood, Hartshill, Croxton, Rolleston on Dove, Gnosall Methodist – photos of riders and walkers against these would be most welcome


We have leaflets about the work of the Trust: if you could make good use of some (but not to gather dust at the back of church!)  please request by email.

For more information please contact the Staffordshire county organiser,

Email: John Wallbridge.

Address: 171 Newhampton Road West Wolverhampton WV6 0RP

To register your church to take part this year please download the relevant form and return it as soon as possible