Ride and Stride

Covid-19 Update

There is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding how this year’s event will take place.  All participating Trusts are currently planning for the event to go ahead, but probably in a different format.   As soon as we know more we will let you know, but please save the date and be prepared – it could be one of few remaining opportunities left to raise funds for church buildings this year! 

A letter has been emailed out to all the churches that we have a contact email address for.  A copy of the letter can be downloaded here.  Please contact our Secretary if you didn’t receive an email but do have an address you would like us to use.

Saturday 12th September 2020

Discover, explore and raise money for our amazing historic churches.

Welcome to the biggest annual fundraising event for the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust – it’s also a great way to get outside, blow away the cobwebs and explore the county.

Ride & Stride is a sponsored event for cyclists, joggers, walkers and horse riders. Participants challenge themselves to visit as many churches as they can by their chosen mode of transport and at the same time raise money to support the work of the Trust.

Why Do Churches Need Ride and Stride?

Few historic buildings are as easy to visit as a parish church. They are often the oldest building in a village or town with each stone marking the location where history happened. They are open and welcoming to all, but the buildings require a great deal of care and repair throughout the year which has to met by small groups of volunteers.  Maintenance and repair costs range from thousands into the hundreds of thousands, which is beyond the scope of most modern-day congregations.  That’s where grant making organisations like the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust step in, but we need your help to raise the vital funds.  You can make a difference to the history on your doorstep – churches belong to us all, they are part of our story of life, love, death and everything in between!

The money you raise will be split between the Trust and your chosen place of worship. If the sponsorship is Gift-Aided, then the Trust can benefit further.

What if I don’t want to Ride or Stride?

Cycling and walking are the most popular ways to take part, but we welcome other methods – unicycles, three-legged teams, vintage tractors.  We also welcome vehicles when other methods might not be possible, but please be aware that parking at some sites is limited. Historic churches are continually striving to improve access for all, but please be aware of steps and uneven floors in many places.  Dogs on leads are also welcome in most churches.

There are many other ways to attract sponsorship, which could take place at just one church or several, for instance, bellringing, a choir sing-a-thon or a church welcomer.  If you think it will be difficult to attract sponsorship in your area, why not hold a tea party or something similar on the day and donate half of the proceeds to the Trust?