Cycle or walk around Shakespeare’s stunning countryside on the Bard’s Ride on Saturday September 14th 2019. It’s a great day out – there’s something for everyone!

There are two cycle routes to choose from. 

Cycling Challenge Ride

Starts at the Village Green, Newbold-on-Stour. The route is 40 miles of cycling around 17 churches, riding over hills with breathtaking views. Drop in at any of the churches of your choice, if you wish, to see activities or just to refuel! (It’s a great way to train for your next Sportive. See map (dotted red route). 

Family Fun Ride

Starts at the Village Green, Newbold-on-Stour. The route is 18 miles of gentle cycling in beautiful south Warwickshire countryside, with 9 churches open for refreshments, activities and a Quiz. See map (solid red route).

Plus …
Bard’s Walk

Beginning at Honington Church and ending at Honington Hall, a lovely 8-mile walk around pretty villages and eight churches including Tredington and Whatcote. Walk at your own pace, get close to nature and have a great day out with family and friends. See map (blue route).

Be a church sleuth for the day! A Bard’s Quiz sheet is available for the Family Ride and the Walk, with prizes for a completed sheet of correct answers.

Have a great day out and help preserve our historic architectural heritage for future generations. Proceeds to the Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust and local churches designated by participants.  If you would like to find your own sponsors to help you fundraise for the Trust, please go to our Just Giving page from 7th June.

A limited number of spaces are available, so don’t miss out! Sign up / Register here.

Any enquiries should be sent to:

After you have registered online, you will be given an option to set up your own fundraising page on Just Giving if you wish. If you prefer to register on the day, you can set up your own fundraising page on Just Giving now.


Fees are lower if you register online at Rider HQ.

Online Registration fees: cycling or walk
Adults: £15   Juniors (12-16 years): £6
Family / Group of up to 5: £38

On the day Registration fees: cycling or walk
Adults: £18 Juniors (12-16 years): £8
Family / Group of up to 5: £42
Pay at Newbold-on-Stour Village Green for bike rides – and pay at Honington Church for walkers.

Free Parking


40-mile Cycling Challenge Ride:
Starts 9.00am (Newbold Village Hall)

18-mile Family Fun Cycle Ride:
Starts 10.30 (Newbold Village Hall)

8-mile Walk:
Starts 10.30 (from All Saints Church, Honington)

Breakfast and Refreshments from 8.30am at Newbold Village Hall. (Bacon baps, coffee, tea etc.

Finish and Barbecue in the grounds of at Honington Hall for cyclists and walkers, plus friends and families from 1pm to 5pm. Cash bar for soft drinks, barbecue burgers, sausages etc.

For cyclists, walkers and their friends and families there will be a finishing event (with a cash bar for drinks and a barbecue) in the grounds of Honington Hall between 1pm and 5pm.

Bard's Challenge Ride: long route (40 miles).
Bard's Family Fun Ride: short route (18 miles).
Bard's Walk: 8 mile walk starting at Honington Church and finishing at Honington Hall.