Get ready to discover the architecture and history of 8,000 churches and chapels

8,000 historic churches and chapels in England will open their doors to walkers and cyclists on Ride+Stride Saturday, 14 September 2013.



Ride+Stride is an annual open day which allows visitors to discover the architecture and history of churches and chapels. The majority of churches will welcome visitors between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.
2013 highlights include:

• A record 97 places of worship open to visitors in London, including for the first time two Hindu temples.
• A chance to visit 14 of Bath’s most beautiful churches in a specially organised church trail
• Discounted ferry tickets to the Isle of Wight, where 43 churches will be open to visit.
• 250 parish churches across the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire will welcome Ride+Stride visitors as part of a Festival of Churches with events including graveyard tours, afternoon teas and organ recitals.

Ride+Stride is the main annual fundraising event for historic churches and chapels. Many people who take part are sponsored for every place of worship they visit on foot, by cycle, horse or even in some cases by mobility scooter or canoe. Other visitors simply leave a donation in the church.

The event started in Suffolk in 1982 and since then over £30 million has been raised to support the repair of churches, with thousands of people enjoying a day out whilst raising funds to help preserve their local heritage. With £1.4 million successfully raised in 2012, the fundraising target for 2013 is £1.5 million

Ride+Stride is supported by the National Churches Trust, and organised locally by County Churches Trusts. A national Ride+Stride website provides full information and links to local and regional events. Full details

The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Trustee of the National Churches Trust said:
“Ride+Stride is a wonderful way to discover the churches and chapels that lie at the heart of our heritage and landscape. With around 8,000 churches and chapels open to welcome visitors, there is no better way to discover the history and architecture of the churches which form the centrepiece of so many of our cities, towns and villages.”

“Ride+Stride is also a great way to raise money to support the repair and maintenance of historic churches and chapels. It is crucial to keep church buildings in good repair – if a roof leaks, then the building gets damaged and you get an even bigger problem.”

“So please encourage your friends and family to join you on this fun day out and help raise money for your local churches and chapels and the County Churches Trust that support them. It doesn’t matter if you raise £2, £20 or £200. Every penny raised means you will help protect some of our most beautiful and historic churches and chapels.”

Ride+Stride (Essex) 2012

If you want to raise money for historic churches in Essex and love music, why not join SongCycle as they visit 30 churches around Kelvedon and Mersea Island on Saturday 8 September as part of Ride+Stride

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