Ride +Stride Art Trail
If you are planning on taking part in Ride +Stride this year, why not consider following the ‘Sculpt – art in the churches’ trail?
Taking place on Saturday 14th September, Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride, walk or drive between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside, towns and cities. Participants help raise vital funds for the restoration and preservation of the our historic churches, chapels and meeting houses.
50% of the money you raise can be given to a church of your choice, the remaining goes to the Trust to help support the thousands of churches we have in the county.
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 treasure hunt of discovery offers visitors a dramatic experience with the display of modern sculpture against the ancient space of the historic and traditional church buildings. The seven churches are located in North Stainley, West Tanfield, Well, Snape, Masham, Healey and Mickley. Each will each have a site-specific artwork installed by an inspirational artist. Exciting, theatrical, family-friendly and perhaps shocking installations will be found in each church, whilst also offering art for everybody in rural communities off-the-beaten track.
The following churches are taking part:
St Nicholas Church, West Tanfield HG4 5JQ
St. Michael The Archangel, Well DL8 2QA
St Mary’s Chapel, Snape Castle, Snape DL8 2TT
St Paul’s Church, Healey, HG4 4LH
St Mary’s Church, Masham, HG4 4EF
St John’s Church, Mickley, HG4 3JE
St Mary’s Church, North Stainley HG4 3HT
Pick up your free route map, which will be available in all of the churches as well as some local shops, pubs and tourist information centres in the area. The list above gives you postcodes for your sat-nav to get started. Included with the route map is a treasure hunt for children, there will be a unique stamp in each church to mark that section if they can answer all the questions.
The churches will be open from 10am to 7pm.
The route is 26 miles long, so perfect for marathon runners. For the rest of us, a cycle ride or a drive. Start from any church on the trail.
It will take about an hour to drive around the whole route, plus how long you decide to spend at each church.
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 a route map and further details about the project, and the artists involved visit: https://www.artinthechurches.co.uk/