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Cyclists get ready to Ride and Stride in Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire

Cyclists will be saddling up for the national Ride and Stride event when it returns on Saturday, September 11.

Entrants are challenged to visit as many of Rutland’s 64 churches as possible during the day, either by bike or on foot. All of Rutland’s churches will be open from 10am until late afternoon with people explaining the history of the buildings.

The fundraising day will raise money for the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust, with entrants also able to support a church of their choice.

Teigh Church, Rutland
Teigh Church, Rutland

People who are not taking part in the event are also encouraged to visit churches in the county as Rutland has a higher proportion of Grade I listed churches than any other county in England.

A list of churches open to visit in Lincolnshire can be found here and includes: Aslackby, Barholme, Billingborough, Braceborough, Bourne Abbey, Bourne Baptist, Bourne Methodist, Bourne Salvation Army, Dowsby, Dunsby, Dyke, Greatford, Haconby St Andrew's, Haconby Baptist, Kirkby Underwood, Morton St John, Morton Baptist, Pointon, Rippingale, Sempringham, Tallington, Uffington, West Deeping and Wilsthorpe.

In Stamford, the following churches are open: All Saints, Browne's Hospital Chapel, Christ Church, Stamford Methodist Chapel, St George's, St John's St Martin's, St Mary's, Stamford Salvation Army, and Stamford United Reform Church.

In Northamptonshire 350 churches are open. Alan Wheeler is the Gretton area organiser for the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride and is riding for St James' Church. Anyone wishing to take part can call 01536 770486 or visit www.nhct.co.uk.

The website for Cambridgeshire can be found here.

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