Ride and stride around New Forest churches


Published Thursday 11 September 2014

A record number of New Forest churches are throwing open their doors to visitors this Saturday as part of this year’s Ride and Stride event.

The event sees people from all over the country participating in sponsored walks or cycle rides between churches, exploring the countryside while helping to raise funds to preserve some of Britain’s 47,000 churches.

Ride and Stride in the New Forest is organised by Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust, supported by the New Forest National Park Authority, with participating churches opening between 10am and 6pm on Saturday 13 September.

The 2013 Ride and Stride event raised more than £53,000 towards the restoration and repair of the local region's churches.

Lady Appleyard, Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust chairman, said: 'I want to encourage as many people as possible across Hampshire and the Islands to take part in our annual fund-raising event on 13 September.

‘Our website gives full details of the churches of all denominations which will be open for visiting that day and it's a marvellous chance to see some truly wonderful places and to help to preserve our rich heritage for future generations to enjoy as well. All the money raised goes to help to make our history part of our present and future.’

This year's Ride and Stride also marks the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, with churches across the region providing details of their involvement.

For more information on Ride and Stride and a list of participating churches visit www.hihct.org.uk/rideStride.php.

If you would like to explore the New Forest's churches in your own time, you can find plenty more information at http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/info/20089/rich_cultural_heritage/302/churches


Notes to photo editor:

St Luke’s church, Sway.

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About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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