ride + stride

saturday 12th september 2020

Welcome to Wiltshire Ride & Stride

This is an annual national sponsored event, organised locally by County Historic Churches Trusts. Wiltshire Ride + Stride (or its predecessor the Great Cycle Ride) has been going since 1984 and has raised over £1.5 million for the county’s churches.  50% of the money raised goes to the participant’s chosen church and the other half to the County Historic Churches Trust.

It takes place on Saturday 12th September between 10.00am and 6.00pm.


Participants may be cyclists, walkers, horse-riders or drivers of mobility scooters.  They can be of any age, but under-13s must be accompanied by an adult.

All denominations are welcome.

Visit as many churches as you like, planning your own route.

Seek sponsorship from friends, relations and colleagues, so much per church visited or a lump sum.

In compliance with government guidance on exercise, access to churches and risk assessments, the event will be quite different this year:

  • Riders may take part as individuals or in small groups of up to six participants from different households preserving social distancing

  • Striders may walk individually or in small groups of up to six participants from different households (a maximum of thirty can walk together as an organised group as long as social distancing is preserved between each group of six in addition to social distancing between households)

Many Churches are unlikely to be open or to provide a welcome and facilities.  Sponsor forms will have to be self-certified.  That said, participation in this purposeful outdoor event should be good fun.

Please consider ways and means of enjoying a safe day visiting Wiltshire churches/churchyards/entrances as individuals, or in small groups of family and friends and other novel ideas to make this an enjoyable fundraising day to remember.

Any last minute questions? Please contact Nigel Jackson – sec.whct@gmail.com

Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust website can be found here

More information on getting involved can be found here

Participant Information can be found here

A sponsorship form to download can be found here

Sponsors can donate through JustGiving, which is simple, fast and totally secure. You can set up your own sponsorship page, so that friends and family from anywhere in the world can donate on line. You should state in the “personal message box” the name of the church to which you wish the money to be sent. JustGiving does the rest, including adding Gift Aid.

Create your online sponsorship page here:

http://www.justgiving.com/wiltshirerideandstride and click on “Fundraise for us”

A list of Churches can be found in these links below: (Note: many Churches may not all be open):

Bristol Diocese Churches

Salisbury Diocese Churches

Vicarage Lane

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