Ride & Stride

The 2017 Ride and Stride – takes place on Saturday 9th September
On Saturday 10th September 2016 riders and walkers battled through the most unpleasant weather conditions experienced on Ride and Stride day for some years, the rain was constant from start to finish and although it did ease a little to a warm light drizzle during the middle of the day, towards evening it intensified again and the cooling temperatures and poor visibility made the final miles of the day less than pleasant.
Many churches had taken the opportunity to put on special events, some were part of Heritage Open Days and there was a fabulous array of special activities on offer from bell ringing, exhibitions, organ recitals and tours, to coffee mornings and pop up tea rooms. There were friendly faces to welcome participants at many of the churches and copious cups of hot tea and plates of delicious cake on offer.
The opportunity to discover the everyday gems that hide behind churchyard gates cannot be underestimated – a churchyard awash with pink cyclamen flowers, a beautiful rose window, the charm of a Victorian schoolroom, jolly bunting strung up to welcome visitors and the warm welcome at many churches were just a few of the highlights of the day.
Ride & Stride is an event like no other why not take part this year and find out for yourself what extraordinary things lie quietly behind the churchyard gates and creaking church doors that we usually hurry past.
Do join in Ride & Stride 2017 on Saturday 9th September enjoy a real treat and help raise funds to maintain Buckinghamshire’s incredible church buildings.
The Historic Churches Sponsored Cycle Ride is known as ‘Ride and Stride’ as it is open to walkers as well as horse-riders and cyclists – in fact to anyone using a non-mechanical form of transport.  It always takes place on the second Saturday of September between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m., and the object is to raise money for the repair and restoration of churches and chapels of any Christian denomination.  Half the money raised goes to the church or chapel of the participant’s choice, and the other half to a general fund administered by the Bucks. Historic Churches Trust, to which applications may be made for grants for this purpose.
Further information is obtainable from your Deanery Organiser.
Click HERE to get the contact details of your local organiser.
List of Deanery Organisers (PDF) List of Deanery Organisers (Word)

Guidance for Church/Chapel Organisers

The Sponsored Ride & Stride is in aid of the Bucks Historic Churches Trust. The objective of the Ride is to assist the preservation of our historic Churches and Chapels of ALL denominations, and to benefit directly those of participants’ choice, whilst at the same time enabling the individuals and families participating to have an enjoyable and interesting day.We very much hope that your Church/Chapel will be able to participate again in this event.

Guidance Notes (Word)
Guidance Notes (PDF)

Participating Churches 2016

All the Churches/Chapels listed are expected to provide a register (example below) on which visiting participants should enter their names, the time, and the Church/Chapel they support.
Many will also open and be manned to welcome participants.

Participating Churches (Word)
Participating Churches (PDF)
Church Register (Word)
Church Register (PDF)


We need sponsors for each rider/strider/welcomer. The money you give will be divided equally between the Bucks Historic Churches Trust (BHCT) and the church chosen by the person you sponsor.
Gift Aid is important to us. If you are able to add Gift Aid to your donation then please do so. Please read the declaration in the document below.

Sponsorshp Form 2016 Gift Aid (Word)
Sponsorshp Form 2016 Participant (Word)

New to Ride & Stride?

What is a Deanery?

A Deanery is an area of several parishes. Buckinghamshire has ten Deaneries, these vary in size and population. There is a list of churches on this site, the list is arranged by Deanery and will help you decide which Deanery you live in and who your area organiser is.

If I don't want to plan my own route are there organised events?

Yes, this year we are holding a number of organised events. We will have a list of events on this website when all the plans are finalised.

Is there an Entry Fee?

No, we don't charge an entry fee, but we do ask you to raise funds by sponsorship.

Why are there different Logos for Ride & Stride?

The National Historic Churches Trust, which is the national umbrella organisation for all County Historic Churches Trusts has had a new logo designed for Ride & Stride. We are gradually changing our material to incorporate the new logo.

Help us Advertise the 2017 Event

Display a poster in your Church or Chapel

Please feel free to create your own publicity to promote this event. In case you don't have the facilities to make a poster or you are not sure where to start we will create one for you to use very shortly.

Poster (Word)
Poster (PDF)

Read about 2015

Read about 2015's event, details of the 2016 event will be available very soon

You can find the organiser's report and full details of how much each Deanery raised by visiting THIS PAGE

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