Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust

What is Ride and Stride?

A great day out discovering England's churches

Ride and Stride - the foremost annual fun fund-raising event to help preserve churches and chapels and keep them active in our communities.

** Date for your diary - Ride and Stride 2024 will be held on Saturday 14th September **


Ride and Stride was ‘born’ in Suffolk in 1982 as a sponsored cycle ride or walk and is held annually, in virtually every county in England. It is the main fund-raising event for the county churches trusts. It is now a sponsored event for cyclists, joggers, walkers and horse riders. Any mode of transport can be used as long as sponsors are happy; a couple of people have used vintage cars!

Ride and Stride is a countrywide event always held on the second Saturday in September.

Where does the money go?

Money raised helps Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust to continue supporting our marvellous churches across the county with essential repairs and improvements. Ride and Stride is an opportunity to raise money not only for the Trust but for your own church, as we return 50% of the money to the church of your choice.


Do download the poster if you would like advance publicity....

Download the 2024 Sponsor form here. Select "Print both sides"

What happens?

Some participants challenge themselves to visit as many churches as they can by their chosen mode of transport. Others prefer a more leisurely approach, visiting fewer churches and taking more time at each. There is no age limit - it is a great family activity - and you plan your own route. Churches are usually open from 10.00am to 6.00pm although there are some that close earlier.


Click here for Jonathan Stuart’s interview by Martin Heath on BBC Radio Northampton’s Sunday Breakfast programme, promoting Ride and Stride 2021 and the NHCT.

More information

For more information about Ride and Stride do contact one of the County Organisers:

Val Hartley

Liz Doherty 07713396130