Ride and Stride 2018

Thank you to everyone who sponsored people from St Mary’s for the Ride and Stride this year – as you may already know this event is organised by the Historic Churches Trust who provide grants for helping with the repairs of historic churches – we have recently been awarded £4000 from them towards our chancel window repairs.

The event involves riding or striding or driving or walking around different churches. Below is account of Stephen our vicar’s travels and also photographic evidence of Anne and Tim Brown’s exploration involving a barbed wire fence and beautiful cyclamen!

I chose to set off from St Mary’s across to Sturminster Marshall and on up the valley via Shapwick and then on to the Tarrants. I reached the lovely Tarrant Crawford church in good time:

Along the valley I found the compact Tarrant Rawston church in the midst of a farmyard but well worth the visit if only for the apple cake on offer!

I then scaled a hill called ‘The Cliff’ near the historic Tarrant Rushton airfield and headed off to Witchampton, Colehill and into Wimborne before heading home via Corfe Mullen (16 churches in all).

You can see my whole route here:

Including my slightly misguided foray towards the A35 near Ferndown before retracing my steps and getting on the right road to Colehill. The bottom graph shows the various heights, notice that nowhere on my route was quite as high as Lytchett although the old airfield at Tarrant Rushton came close.

Thank you for your support and sponsor money which will be split between the Historic Churches Trust and St Mary’s. If anyone wants to take part next year just keep the second Saturday in September free and you too can join in the fun.



We also travelled along the Tarrant valley,  gathering photographic evidence of visiting Tarrant Crawford as there was no-one to sign us in !


The Hagioscope at Tarrant Rushton and its Chancel are beautiful.

We had a slight problem finding our way into Blandford Camp…… and then success !

Best cyclamen of all the Churchyards was at Spetisbury !

Anne and Tim Brown.

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