Make your weekend cycle or walk a church-saving one!

by | 10 July 2022 | Community Event, Community facility, Heritage, Local Charity, Sherwood

Ride+Stride is back on 10th September. Join the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) for a sponsored walk and bike ride, where you can explore the county’s beautiful church heritage and help raise much-needed funds for their preservation.

With many churches and chapels up and down the county open between 10.00am and 6.00pm, Ride+Stride is a great way to explore these fine buildings, all in one great day out.

You are sponsored to visit churches which are also sponsored for welcoming visitors. The combination of exploring heritage and exercising across our beautiful county, whilst supporting the NHCT to carry out its vital work, makes this a fantastic, local event.

Veteran Ride+Strider, and NHCT trustee, Graeme Renton, said: “Ride+Stride is a brilliant way to see and explore our heritage and often along lanes or paths away from the main roads. We are so fortunate to have such a wide variety of buildings from Grade 1 listed down to smaller independent chapels tucked away. Ride+Stride is your chance to discover beautiful architectural features including gargoyles, tombs, stained glass, paintings, and carvings – right on your doorstep!”

Everyone can take part. You don’t have to be a member of a church; families, colleagues, friends, runners, mobility scooters and dog walkers are all welcome. Ride+Stride can be tailored to your needs too. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll from the doorstep or an epic cross-county ride, you decide your route and which churches to visit along the way. It’s a fantastic low-impact, low-cost day out!

By simply going on your usual stroll and cycle, you will be helping NHCT to preserve these historic places of worship for the next generation. Last year the event managed to raise over £14,000. So get out there, have fun and let’s make 2022’s Ride+Stride the most successful ever!

From Sherwood to Southwell, Retford to Rushcliffe, participating churches are found across the county, helping to make Ride+Stride such an accessible event wherever you are. The finalised list of churches will be posted on the website soon, but many of Nottinghamshire’s churches are regular participants.

There are several different ways you can donate to Ride+Stride. Most participants set up their own Just Giving page for the event which your sponsors can add to. Another option is to make a direct donation on the event Just Giving page, which is linked on their website.

For further information visit www.nottshistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ridestride or email Ride+Stride co-ordinator Margaret Lowe at ml.info.nhct@gmail.com.