Get on your bike for the Ride and Stride

Get on your bike for Ride and Stride
Get on your bike for Ride and Stride

The annual Historic Churches Ride and Stride event returns this weekend with many Banburyshire churches taking part.

The event encourages individuals and families to visit as many historic churches as they can by foot, bicycle or horseback.

All Saints Church in Middleton Cheney is one of dozens of Banbury area churches getting involved in this years Ride and Stride

All Saints Church in Middleton Cheney is one of dozens of Banbury area churches getting involved in this years Ride and Stride

In past years more unusual forms of transportation have been deployed to visit the churches including a vintage tractor and a skateboard.

This year’s event takes place this Saturday, September 8 with all participating churches open to the public between 10am and 6pm. The churches will also be selling refreshments or hosting family fun games.

The annual event is the single largest source of income for the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, last year raising over £200,000.

The money is given to churches and chapels for restoration and re-ordering projects.

Funds raised are spilt between the work of the Trust and local churches and chapels nominated by participating ‘StRiders’.

Oxfordshire StRiders continually rank among the best in the country with the county’s fundraising activities consistently in the top five.

You can also get involved by volunteering as a church welcomer.

For a full list of participating churches, to join this years Ride and Stride or to find out more about the event visit The Oxfordshire Historic Churches website .