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 Saturday 14th 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 England’s open churches day, but as well as getting out and visiting churches, chapels and meeting houses,  you can also raise money to help churches in good repair.

The idea is to visit as many places of worship as possible open near you and also get sponsored for visiting them.

In 2019, Ride+Stride for Churches takes place on Saturday 14th September.

The sponsorship money you raise is shared 50/50 between the Yorkshire Churches Trust and an individual church of your choice.

You can donate or set up a fundraising page via our Just Giving site:


If you are looking for inspiration, why not follow the ‘Sculpt – Art in Churches trail’? The Sculpt project involves international and innovative artists, who have each created individual and unique, site-specific sculptures for seven churches on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.  The seven churches are located in North Stainley, West Tanfield, Well, Snape, Masham, Healey and Mickley.

For cyclists, a good suggested route is to visit North Stainley and West Tanfield by car, then park in West Tanfield village hall car park and then cycle to Well, Snape, Masham, Healey and Mickley in that order. The roads between these villages are quiet and best for biking. The post code for West Tanfield village Hall is HG4 5JQ

For further details of the Ride + Stride art trail, click here http://www.yhct.org.uk/news/ride-stride-art-trail/

If you are unable to raise sponsorship, may we suggest a donation of £25 via our Just Giving site? This will help us to continue our vital work in helping to repair, restore and preserve Yorkshire’s most precious places of worship.



Download a sponsorship form on which you can indicate the church that you’d like to receive half of the money you raise. Plan your route! You can contact vanbarassociates@gmail.com with your route and we will contact churches on your behalf to see if they will be open.

On the day of the event participating churches are open from morning to late afternoon. Cycling is the most popular way of travelling from church to church, but you can walk, run or use public transport or even go by car – whatever you feel most comfortable doing.


If you’d like to take part then please contact vanbarassociates@gmail.com and we will list your church on our website.

There are no set hours for opening your church – 10am to 5pm works well, longer is even better if possible, but we appreciate whatever you can manage.

Make sure there is someone on hand to welcome visitors. Some visitors may only stop by briefly, but some will want to look around.

If you can lay on refreshments and organise events (say, a guided tour) then so much the better.

There’s no need to restrict your welcome to Ride+Stride participants and it’s a great opportunity for outreach and raising the profile of your church!

2019 materials:

To get involved download a Sponsorship Form 2019

Check the list of churches here that have told us they will be open for visitors on 14th 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

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.

Suggested route: Why not start at St Edmunds church, Marske.  This is a much visited, much loved church right on the coast to coast path and a lovely walk (or hilly cycle ride) from Richmond. It is open every day serving refreshments to walkers. The church is Grade II* and was founded in the 12th century. Major alterations were made in 1683 and  the chancel was rebuilt in the late 19th century.  Downholme and Richmond churches are easily accessible from St Edmunds as is Grinton Church, “the Cathedral of the Dales”, and nearby are Ellerton Abbey, Easby Abbey and Marrick Priory.

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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