Ride and Stride is an annual event which encourages people to visit as many churches as they can on the same day.
It takes place in September every year and is described as a nationwide church-crawl! You can plan your own route and enjoy visiting some fabulous churches. The vast majority of them will be open on the day with refreshments available.
It is open to all participants – young and old. The money raised is divided equally between local churches and Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust. Any Christian Church can apply to the Trust for financial help to maintain or improve the church building. Each year the Trust awards many thousands of pounds worth of grants. Ride and Stride is just one way in which the Trust raises money to help them.
You can visit churches by cycle, by foot or by any means that you wish! Horse, wheelchairs, coracles and even vintage cars have been used and have been welcomed.
The money they raise helps to save historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities.
The Ariconium Ride and Stride
Why not visit the six churches in Ariconium. We have put together a circular route which takes in the churches of Aston Ingham, Hope Mansell, Lea, Linton, Weston Under Penyard and Upton Bishop. We reckon it is about 20 miles and there are a couple of challenging hills along the way. You can start anywhere along the route and travel in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction.
The six churches are:
St John the Baptist, Upton Bishop
St Lawrence, Weston-under-Penyard
St Michael, Hope Mansel
St John the Baptist, Lea
St John the Baptist, Aston Ingham
St Marys, Linton
All six churches will be open for the Ride and Stride and some will be serving tea and cakes.
The route also takes in five pubs which will all be open for food:
The Moody Cow, Upton Bishop (12 noon -3pm)
The Weston Cross, Weston-under-Penyard (11.30am-11pm)
The Crown, Lea (12 noon – 11.30pm)
The Penny Farthing, Aston Crews (12 noon – 11pm)
The Alma Inn, Linton (12 noon – 2.30pm)
There is a WC at Upton Bishop church.
This is the route which takes in all six churches.