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Ride + Stride for churches

What could be better than getting on your bike, or lacing up your boots, to explore historic churches on a sunny September weekend?

What about if you were also helping to support those churches, by raising sponsorship money along the way?

Ride + Stride for churches is a sponsored bike ride or walk between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside from Cornwall to Northumberland. It takes place on the second Saturday in September every year. This weekend is also part of Heritage Open Days, so thousands of churches are open to visit across England.

Supported by The National Churches Trust and run by churches trusts across the UK, Ride + Stride raises well over £1million every year. The money raised helps to repair churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK. It is the single largest source of income for many historic churches trusts, and enables them to give hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants to churches across the country. The funds you raise can be split between your local trust and your chosen church or chapel.

Vist the Ride + Stride website to find links to your local trust, register to take part and download sponsorship forms and publicity you can use


Wheels in the aisles

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.

There have been several special events, including a celebration service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, that was held on Sunday 17th September. With choirs, music, readings, prayers and a message from Griff Rhys-Jones, the Trust celebrated historic church buildings of all denominations in Suffolk.

They are one of a host of regional churches trusts, all working hard to support churches in their area to be more sustainable.

Fundraise for the National Churches Trust

If you'd like to help secure the future of churches, there are lots of ways you can get involved fundraising for us. No event is too big or too small, and you can be sure that the money you raise will go to support the UK’s churches so they can be well maintained, open for visitors and be there for local people, now and in the future.

Find out more