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Welcome to DHCT Ride +Stride.

Details of the 2017 event which takes place on Saturday 9 September will be posted in June. For information on the 2016 R+S please explore these pages.

Ride+Stride is a sponsored event in which people walk or cycle or horse-ride between churches, whilst exploring our wonderful Dorset countryside and enjoying the hospitality of our church communities.

 The money raised (over £80,000 in 2016) is used to help conserve Dorset’s churches, chapels and meeting houses and to help keep them active and at the heart of their communities for the use of future generations. Half of the money raised is returned directly to your nominated church and the other half is used to fund our grant program.



Notes for Parish Organisers


Letter to POs

Register of Visitors

Financial Management Record

Remittance form  

Poster for Church Board

Thank you note

Sorry We Are Not Manned Poster


How to get involved

Letter to Riders

Sponsorship Form

Record of visits

List of Participating Churches

Supplementary on-line Giving Form

Church list by community

 Over the year, Ride + Stride has proved to be a brilliant way to see our lovely churches, travel at a leisurely pace through our beautiful Dorset countryside and raise much needed funds for the maintenance and improvement of those churches. You can take part on your own or with a small group of friends or family. In 2015, hundreds of riders and striders across Dorset inspired their sponsors to pledge £84,000 (with a predicted £10,000 from Gift Aid recovered). This was a record, just topping our previous best of £82,000 in 2014. To find out more about R+S 2016, read Letter to Riders      

If you decide to take part, you should make contact with your Parish Organiser, whose name you will find in your local church. He or she will give you a participant’s pack which contains all you need. Further copies can be printed off this site. Then you can start to raise sponsorship pledges and fill in the details on the Sponsorship form   You can of course secure sponsorship on-line through Just Giving – see our simple instructions in the On-Line Giving Slips, which you can print off and hand out. The list of participating churches will enable you to plan our route and we recommend that you visit the Highway Code for fuller information. One day you will need to take the Record of Churches visited, which must be completed at each church. After day itself – Saturday 10 September – please collect up all the money pledged and hand it over to your PO by the end of September.


R+S 2016 stories/photos


21 December 2016


Dedicated Riders+Striders raise wonderful sum for restoration of the County’s churches

-Ride+Stride event raises over £80,000 -


Dorset Historic Churches Trust is celebrating after raising a wonderful £80,000 during its annual fundraising Ride+Stride event in September.


Ride+Stride is the main source of income for Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) and involves some 170 parish and church communities across the County. Money raised during the event helps fund vital repairs, maintenance and restoration work at Dorset’s churches.


Both Ride+Stride novices and experienced fundraisers took part in this year’s event, helping to raise the impressive sum. A joint project between St Mary’s Church, Gillingham and its local Primary School saw eighteen DHCT supporters take a gentle walk along the River Lodden – the youngest Rider + Strider being only three years old! DHCT thanks the local Primary School and Gillingham’s Pioneer Minister, The Revd Eve Pegler, who developed this plan. Plans are already underway for 2017’s R+S.


One 73 year old participant, Alan Neades from Piddlehinton, took part in his sixth R+S and commented; “My 'breathable' waterproof cycling jacket did its job, my shoes had become waterlogged before I reached my first church and everywhere I came across standing water which meant passing cars provided me with an impromptu shower. Nevertheless a great event, I visited 40 churches and covered a fantastic 70 miles. I am sure the hills get steeper every year!”


Filled with fresh coffee and cake from the community Mud Pie Cafe in Okeford Fitzpaine, 13 hardy cyclists from across the UK and Dorset took on the R+S event and cycled from St Andrew’s to Shillingstone, then to the Trailway to St Mary's in Sturminster Newton. East and West Orchards followed before Shroton, where the cyclists were inspired by the internal improvements which had partly been funded by DHCT. A fantastic 28miles were clocked, 10 churches visited, 380metres climbed and 5 hours riding with all Riders + Striders still smiling.


Eight participants started at Hooke, with ages ranging from 12 to 60, they covered 11 miles, visited four churches, climbed many hills and raised a fantastic £320. In Poole, many individuals and family groups walked and cycled from church to church, and also raised an impressive £205.


For the second year, Lulworth and Winfrith Primary School staged a school walk with the older children starting from Dagger’s Gate and the younger ones walking from Winfrith to Chaldon. Their efforts raised £160. A further £1,606 that was raised for St Christopher’s church Winfrith by veteran cyclist Julian Cherryson while Lesley and Shaun Burt, who walked from their home to all four churches, collected £303 for Holy Trinity, West Lulworth. DHCT Trustee Jeremy Selfe raised nearly £300 for St Nicholas’ and £140 for St Andrew’s churches for a grand total by the Benefice of over £2500.


Simon Pomeroy, Chairman of DHCT, commented: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Ride+Stride event. We are thrilled with the amount raised, which will allow us to continue helping to preserve beautiful churches across Dorset for future generations to enjoy. We aim to donate £100,000 towards church restoration and improvement and this year’s Ride + Stride will make that possible once again.


“The Trust is keen to increase the range of participants taking part in its fund-raising. We hope that the initiatives seen this year will continue to grow as the need for funds to protect our heritage will not reduce. The Trust returns 50% of the funds raised by each participating parish to help it with fabric repair and maintenance. R+S is a great day out for all ages and benefits both the Trust and local churches directly.”




Editor’s Note:

Established by Sir Owen Morshead in 1960, the Dorset Historic Churches Trust is a voluntary run charity that raises funds and provides around £100,000 each year to Dorset’s churches and chapels of all Christian denominations to assist the increasing costs of maintenance, restoration and the improvement of facilities



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