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.

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), Finishing event and Barbecue at Honington Hall.  Cycle back to car at Newbold. 

See route diagram (dotted red route).
For Challenge Ride Google map, section 1, click here
For Challenge Ride Google map, section 2, click here

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 route diagram (solid red route).
Route: Newbold-on-Stour Village Green(St David’s), 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), Finishing event and Barbecue at Honington Hall.  Cycle back to car at Newbold. 

For Family Fun Google map, click here.

Plus …
Bard’s Walk

Beginning at Honington Church and ending at Honington Hall, a lovely 7-mile walk (approx 3.5 hours) around pretty villages and churches. Walk at your own pace, get close to nature and have a great day out with family and friends. See map (blue route).

Walk registers and starts at Honington Church, goes past Idlicote and Halford Churches. Finishing event at Honington Hall.

Be a church sleuth for the day! A Bard’s Quiz sheet is available for the Family Fun 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.

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 Bard’s Ride – a fantastic fundraising Ride, cycling through stunning Warwickshire scenery past beautiful churches and villages that would have inspired the Bard in his lifetime.”
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.