Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust

Ride & Stride


Bike church and teapot foot

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. Taking place on the second Saturday in September, this is a sponsored walk, bike ride or drive, where you discover beautiful churches whilst raising money for their repair and preservation.

Ride & Stride is a national open churches event, but it’s one with a twist – as well as getting out and about you can raise money to help your local church. Get sponsored to visit as many places of worship as you fancy in a day.

The sponsorship money raised is then shared 50/50 between the YHCT and the individual church of your choice.

2018 materials:

To get involved download a Sponsorship Form 2018.

Check the list of churches here that have told us they will be open for visitors on 8th September.

A full list of churches opening up in the Diocese of Leeds can be found here:  https://www.leeds.anglican.org/content/heritage-open-days

Do also check the Heritage Open Day website for ideas of places to visit.  Heritage Open Day events

Further materials:  Manned Churches Sign-in Form  Information sheet  Church flyer

The following website has all the branding materials you will need to advertise the event at your church: http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/ridestride/ridestride-branding

Right click on this link to view an exploration of the churches of the Tour de Yorkshire, by Rod Ismay, author of Bells & Bikes. Rod picks 16 churches from the route of the 2017 tour for you to visit and enjoy.

Previous years routes : Holderness Gems route  Kirklees route  Lower Calderdale route   – please note, we cannot guarantee all the churches on the route will be open this year, but these give you an idea of the kind of routes you plan?

For further information about the event visit the national the Ride and Stride website.

Ride and Stride family fun





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