Watch a short video about Ride & Stride here.
The annual sponsored Ride & Stride is a major fundraiser for Cumbria’s Churches. The most recent event was on Saturday 8th September 2012. Churches all over the country have been taking part in ride & stride for over 25 years. Participants cycle, walk or travel by horse-back to as many churches as they wish in one day.
Horse Riders Diana Jarey on Amber (L) and Hannah Rowlinson on Pascha (R) Ride and Stride 2012 at All Saints Church, Underbarrow.
David May, Sue Tomlinson and Revd David Sargeant on their Ride & Stride, cycling over 65 miles and visiting 30 churches in the Penrith area, before rushing back for a wedding at St Andrew's, Penrith!
Cocker Spaniel Poppy, who visited 15 churches across Barrow, including St John the Evangelist, Barrow Island. Pictured here at St Mary the Virgin, Walney.
Martin Wilson cycled 34 hilly miles, a wonderful achievement, considering he is 79 years old and has recently lost an eye due to a rare form of cancer. Martin's route in the Kendal area can be viewed here.
Ride and Stride 2014
Future Participants: Please register with us so we can send you information nearer the time. See information for participants.
Churches Trust for Cumbria member of staff, Jemma Metcalfe-Gibson, cycled solo around churches in the Ravenstonedale and Orton area. Click here to see her route. See below for past participants' stories and routes. Photo credit: Freddie Wilson
Previous participants share their stories
Three generations of women on wheels: Judith Cochrane
My daughter and granddaughter and I had a great day. We set off on bicycles from Penrith (St Andrews) in pouring rain having stayed at The George (it was my wedding anniversary) for Greystoke. Once we got beyond Greystoke the rain cleared and it became a beautiful day. We went on to visit Skelton, Hutton in the Forest, Calthwaite, High Hesket, Armathwaite, Kirkoswald, Lazonby, Great Salkeld. We covered 36 miles in all so were quite pleased with ourselves. We also went to St Michael's, Barton (where I was married) on the way home but by then we were in a vehicle! We raised around £770! The Penrith Circular Route.
Village cathedrals and friendly people: Dominic Harrison
My favourite church was St Andrew's Greystoke, which has a cathedral-like feel to it. A lovely welcome there, and an equally lovely reception at St Michael's, Skelton. We bumped into a group of 4 at All Saints, Calthwaite; Oliver James, aged 10, was enjoying the refresments left there for us with Michael, Helen and Jeremy. Perhaps second only to the village pub, the churches now embody the community of village life. Good to meet the friendly people who take care of them. We cycled back to Penrith in the fading sun with a view of the rain falling over the fells. A whole year since our last day out on our bikes. At least we have next years Ride and Stride in the diary. Photo of Oliver, Michael, Jeremy Helen and Dominic.
Solo in Brampton: Christine Lloyd
I rode solo but was joined by Pat and Kate who were driving. and we also met another couple who had seen the publicity and did the trip by car! I enjoyed it! I love visiting churches and felt privileged to be able to visit them and meet the people who showed us round. Cycling was a lovely way to travel and it was for me a very special day and I'm sorry that we couldn't have shared it with more people.Click here to see the Brampton circular route.
Photo of Pat, Chris and Kate outside Brampton Old Church.
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Churches who would like to participate and promote the event in 2013, please see information for local organisers.