Ride & Stride

This national event was started by the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and Essex joined it in 1983. Nowadays over 30 counties take part on the second Saturday each September from 9.00am 5.00pm.

  • Tour de Stansted 2018
    Tour de Stansted 2018
  • Ride & Stride East London
    Ride & Stride East London
Ride and Stride logo

Visit unique churches, have fun with the family, enjoy some gentle exercise, and have a great day out in aid of a good cause! There are literally hundreds of wonderful churches to choose from in Essex and East London.

By taking part in our Ride+Stride sponsored fundraising event you can help to preserve and maintain church buildings of all denominations and improve and enhance church facilities.

Ride+Stride takes place on the second Saturday of each September. If you are a cyclist or a walker you will need to be sponsored by your friends and family. If you are a church organiser you will need a poster and a registration form. Whether you are a participant or organiser you can find everything you need here.

How to take part

To take part in the Ride & Stride this September you can download sponsorship and other relevant forms at the bottom of this page or create your own fundraising page on Justgiving straight away. 

If you can’t take part in the Ride+Stride you could make a donation on our JustGiving page instead: https://www.justgiving.com/foect

Publicise the event in your area

If you need help publicising the Ride & Stride event in your area there are pro forma advertisements for download below, or if you want to create your own you can just download the logos.



  • Ride & Stride 2022

    Saturday 10th September 2022

    Re-invigorated after COVID. Please download sponsorship and other forms or contact rideandstrideorganiser@friendsofessexchurches.org.uk for queries

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  • Ride & Stride 2021

    Saturday 11th September 2021

    To raise funds for the Trust and participating churches, as well as encouraging the visiting of the many wonderful Essex...

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  • Ride & Stride 2020

    Saturday 12th September 2020

    With great regret, we have felt obliged to cancel Ride + Stride 2020. Please see download document entitled 'Ride +...

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  • Ride & Stride 2020: Colchester

    Saturday 12th September 2020

    St James the Great in Colchester has advised that they will open for any riders or walkers on Saturday 12th...

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  • Ride & Stride 2019

    Saturday 14th September 2019

    To raise funds for the Trust and participating churches, as well as encouraging the visiting of the many wonderful Essex...

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  • Thank you for supporting the 2018 Ride & Stride

    Sunday 9th September 2018

    A big thank you to our members and supporters who put in the leg work and got behind our Ride+Stride...

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  • Tour de Stansted Archdeaconry

    Saturday 8th September 2018

    Dear Colleagues,

    Not that long ago the annual National Churches Trust bike ride (organised by the Friends of Essex Churches Trust...

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