Bard’s Ride on Saturday September 14th 2019 was a huge success in stunning sunshine!

The event, in aid of The Warwickshire and Coventry Churches Historic Trust, took place around Shakespeare’s stunning countryside in South Warwickshire on Saturday 14th September in glorious autumn sunshine. Please see below for more information.

We had hoped to hold a Bard’s Ride this September but have had to reluctantly cancel it due to Coronavirus. We plan to hold Bard’s Ride next year on Saturday 11th September 2021 (the same day as Ride and Stride), and we are planning to make it even more successful than our event in 2019. 

On September 14th 2019, over 100 riders rode either the 40-mile (challenge ride) or 20-mile (family fun ride), starting at Newbold-on-Stour village hall and finishing in the idyllic grounds of Honington Hall. Nearly 20 walkers tramped the footpaths and lanes on a seven-mile circuit from Honington Church. All enjoyed breathtaking views and the opportunity to stop and view many historic churches en route. The Edgehill Ringers provided bell ringing and there was even an organ recital at Barcheston church.  Riders and walkers then refuelled with a delicious barbecue organised by Todenham Manor Farm Shop.
First finishers in the 40-mile challenge were Oscar Manville-Hales (23) 2 hours 12 minutes and Ben Venables (56) from Lower Brailes 2 hours 14 minutes.
“We are thrilled with the success of our first Bard’s Ride, raising essential funds to preserve the rich heritage of church buildings for future generations. Cyclists travelled from as far as London, Bristol, Leicestershire and Wales to take part, many promising to return for the next Bard’s Ride – now to be held on September 11th 202. Please make a note of the date,” said James Kerr, Trustee of Warwickshire and Coventry Historic Churches Trust (WCHCT)
As Judi Dench, Patron of W&CHCT says,
“Churches and chapels are at the heart of our British heritage. Please help our Trust to preserve our precious past – beautiful churches that would have inspired the Bard in his lifetime.”
Further information from: Sarah Constable, telephone:  07971 554112

 

More information about the Bard’s Ride 2019

Cycling Challenge Ride
Started at the Village Green, Newbold-on-Stour. The route was 40 miles of cycling around 17 churches, riding over hills with breathtaking views. Route: Newbold-on-Stour Village Green (St David’s), Whitchurch(St Mary’s), Preston-on-Stour(St Mary the Virgin), Ilmington (St Mary’s),Darlingscott (St George’s), Shipston-on-Stour (St Edmund’s), Barcheston (St Martin’s), Sutton-under-Brailes (St Thomas a Becket), Cherington (St John the Baptist), Whichford (St Michael’s), Brailes (St George’s), Brailes (Catholic Chapel of SS Peter and Paul), Tysoe (St Peter’s), Oxhill (St Laurence’s), Whatcote (St Peter’s), Idlicote (St James the Great), Honington (All Saints), Finishing event and Barbecue at Honington Hall.  Cycle back to car at Newbold

Family Fun Ride

Started at the Village Green, Newbold-on-Stour. The route was 18 miles of gentle cycling in beautiful south Warwickshire countryside, with 9 churches open for refreshments, activities and a Quiz.
Route: Newbold-on-Stour Village Green (St David’s Church), Halford (St Mary’s), Barcheston  (St Martin’s), Brailes (St George’s), Brailes (Catholic Chapel of SS Peter and Paul), Oxhill (St Laurence’s), Whatcote (St Peter’s), Idlicote (St James the Great), Honington (All Saints), (Finishing event and Barbecue at Honington Hall.  Cycle back to car at Newbold on Stour. 

Bard’s Walk
Began at Honington Church and ended at Honington Hall, a lovely 7-mile walk (approx 3.5 hours) around pretty villages and churches.

Judi Dench, our Patron, has sent a message of support for the Bard's Ride: “Churches and chapels are at the heart of our British heritage, and Shakespeare Country – which I am so fond of – is where some of the most beautiful ones in Britain were built and still stand sentinel over the landscape. Please help our Trust to preserve our precious past by joining us on the 14th September and fundraising for the Bard’s Ride – a fantastic cycle ride through stunning Warwickshire scenery, past beautiful churches and villages that would have inspired the Bard in his lifetime.”