Historic Churches Trust

Registered Charity No 1010690


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 St Mary Magdalene

in aid of churches and chapels in Shropshire

(church images by David Taylor)

St Cuthbert's


National Ride+Stride Web Site

This popular, National event takes place each year on the second Saturday in September, when cyclists, walkers and riders visit as many places of worship, of all denominations, as possible between 10 am and 6 pm.  The money raised through sponsorship and donations is divided equally between the participants' nominated church or chapel and the Trust, although the Trust retains the Gift-Aid element. 

County Organisers -
Angela and
Roger Hughes

R&S Treasurer -
David Crowhurst

2015 Registrations
210 churches or chapels have now registered. See link in centre panel.       
NB: rural
post codes may cover several addresses / buildings!

Forms for downloading are available now. Click here to access the folder.



Visit as many churches and chapels in your area
as you can on

12 September 2015
10 am - 6 pm
Cycle ..... walk ..... ride .....  drive ...  your choice

200 barrier broken!

Click HERE to see the list of churches and chapels which registered for the event

If you need any of the forms you can download them via the Forms Page by clicking HERE

The 2015 Ride+Stride official launch at St Alkmund's Church
(Image courtesy of the Shropshire Star)

You can either
ride ...

or stride ..

for the ...

Shropshire Historic Churches Trust

to help your church or chapel


Why not get your sponsors to use

as well as Gift Aid.  It's really worth it


     Firstly a huge thank you to all the local organisers, the 209 churches that opened , all the participants, and of course the good people that sponsored us all.
     A special mention should go to our corporate sponsors who will have helped us promote the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust and reduce some of our printing and mailing costs. Cooper Green Pooks for the banners, Morris & Co Ltd and Arrol and Snell. Thank you very much.                       

      And how our day went ....

     The day started with a deluge, so a drenching for some and a delay for others!  We drove to the east of the county and visited Wrockwardine church with their R + S Banner proudly displayed on the church wall, a nice welcome and the first slice of many cakes to come.
     An email came in from a late participant, Alison Birkinshaw, kindly letting us to know that she was now able to cycle for Great Bolas church. We met Alison still dripping at our next church Crudgington!  After a glass of squash we had a tour around the lovely low roofed building, sadly with a leaking roof.  Then on to Waters Upton, unmanned but open for a short visit.
    At Tibberton we had another lovely welcome and heard about their team of cyclists already out and about, we then met them at Edgmond church, sitting down enjoying refreshments and a rest. They posed for a photo for us, as did Jim Turner, a cyclist from Donnington Wood who we had met on Thursday for an earlier photo for the Shropshire Star!  Chris Taylor, the Churchwarden, gave us a tour of the church pointing out the wonderful stained glass windows, and then we had to be on our way.
     Chetwynd was next, where we enjoyed more cake and a very interesting potted history about the many churches that preceded the current delightful church.
     On to Church Aston where the incumbent vicar showed us another very interesting stained glass window, met the walking Vicar, Paula, from Donnington Wood, and left with a pocketful of sliced tea bread.
     We drove through Newport and did an emergency stop as we drove past The Methodist church which was humming with activity, and chatted with a couple of ladies and their dog having already walked 5
1/2 miles!
     A fast drive to Shrewsbury where we met  up with 18 friends at 3pm, who we  led around 7 Shrewsbury churches, St George's, St Chad's, the RC Cathedral, United Reform, The Abbey, St Mary's, St Alkmund's, and sadly we just missed the Unitarian Church. All were invited to our home for an early supper in a slightly damp tent, where we had a lovely relaxing time after a great day out, meeting new people, raising money and visiting wonderful churches and chapels.
     We hope that everyone who took part, either walking, cycling, riding, canoeing or welcoming visitors had an equally enjoyable day, and that all churches and chapels had some visitors.  Let's  hope that we have raised lots of money and, just as important, offered visitors a lovely opportunity to see and enjoy our wonderful Shropshire churches and chapels.

Angela and Roger
Ride+Stride County Organisers

    Rod and Phoebe Walker at Cressage         Numerous congregational supporters at Donnington Wood

Barry Robinson, Alex Wallace, Andrew Pearce and Christopher James at the Kangaroo Inn, Aston on Clun

2014 Results!  What an incredible result: 24.578 raised on 13 September by riders and striders, so a very big thank you to participants, sponsors and donors for helping us raise this magnificent total.  Please click here to view result details and here to see the review and images.  

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