Walkers and cyclists are being encouraged to take part in this year’s 35th Suffolk Historic Churches Sponsored Bike Ride and Stride.
Thousands of individuals, families and groups of all ages are expected to take part in the event on September 10 for the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, which supports the repair and maintenance of Suffolk’s churches, chapels and meeting houses.
Half of each participant’s sponsorship money will go to a local church of their choice and the remainder will go to the SHCT to be given out as grants for essential repairs.
Patrick Grieve, event chairman, said: “September 10 is the day you can make a difference for your chosen church or chapel. Join the hundreds riding or striding around Suffolk’s beautiful villages, woods and farmland. Raise your fitness and your spirits, and money for the Trust.”
“The landscape of Suffolk would look very different without our 500 medieval churches, which are part of or social history and add much to the enjoyment of many of our walks, whether looking at their architecture and craftsmanship or simply as a shelter for our refreshment stops – some churches also providing tea and coffee facilities,” said Rosie Perham, of Bury Ramblers.
“This year our walk will be based in the Great Finborough area, visiting six beautiful churches over a distance of ten miles, led again by Ron West,” she added.
The women-only Bury Bicycle Collective will be taking part for the first time and is inviting riders’ partners to join in for all or part of the 50-mile route it has planned.
Sponsor forms are available in churches or online at www.shct.org.uk. For more details, call 01787 883884.