What is the Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike?
There is probably no day, apart from Sundays, when you will find so many churches open to visitors for so long, as the second Saturday in September.
The sponsored Bike ‘n Hike is an annual fundraising event organised by the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust (BHHCT). The aim is to raise money both for the Trust, which provides funds to help with essential repairs to historic churches, and for the participating churches themselves. Half of every cyclist’s and walker’s sponsor money goes to the Trust and half goes to the church of their choice. Consequently, the more cyclists or walkers who take part, then the greater the direct benefit to that church.
This sponsored walk or cycle ride is Little Gaddesden Church’s chief money-raising event for the BHHCT. It is in partnership with trusts in many other counties, including Bucks, which have the event on the same day.
How to Take Part
Decide whether to cycle or walk.
Choose your own route, starting and finishing anywhere you like, and calling
at as many churches as you like.
Get a sponsor form, either from Peter Leonhardt or from those which will be provided at the back of the church. Half the money you collect can be used for a church of your choice: write its name on the form. You will also get a list of known participating churches. Tell Peter you are taking part. He will need to know.
Persuade sponsors. They can either promise a fixed sum for the whole tour or a rate per church visited. Choose, especially, friends who are not regulars at church – it is good for publicity and takes pressure off church members who will be wanting to donate to one or two riders but not to all!
Prepare your bike or boots and any emergency kit or rations.
Off you go (within the time limits 9am to 5pm)
Afterwards: Collect the money. Send it back, with the sponsor form, to
A Different Way to Take Part
Sign up to sit in the church and receive visiting cyclists and walkers, to offer them refreshment and sign them in. This is a very important job.
For more information or to print off your own forms, go to the Bike ‘n Hike website.