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Please support our 2022 London – York Ride

WE’VE DONE IT! £15000 raised to support the Samaritans


Here you’ll find details of the May 2022 supported group tour from London to York in aid of the Samaritans. (We were ready to ride in May 2020 – before Coronavirus forced a rather long postponement.)

Make a donation

You would be very welcome to support the ride with a donation. You can donate to the SAMARITANS CENTRAL CHARITY or to any of the branches represented on the ride through the following sites:


…. and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, the government will add 25% to your donation via Gift Aid. You can choose to donate to any of the branches listed above or to the  Samaritans Central Charity. A donation to the Central Charity will benefit the 200+ Samaritans branches in towns and cities across the country.

Why a ‘Heritage’ Ride?

Simply because we’re visiting some of the most impressive Roman and Medieval towns and cities in the country as well as cycling through some of England’s most celebrated countryside.

We’ll be riding in well-matched groups

Can’t quite manage the full tour?

You would be very welcome to join us on one of our six stages:

  1. Saturday 21st May – London to Colchester
  2. Sunday 22nd May – Colchester to Newmarket / Cambridge
  3. Monday 23rd May – Newmarket / Cambridge to Kings Lynn
  4. Tuesday 24th May – Kings Lynn to Lincoln
  5. Wednesday 25th May – Lincoln to Hull
  6. Thursday 26th May – Hull to York
Our destination – the magnificent York Minster

Check out the ride  schedule to find out more about our route from London to York.

Our mission

For each six-day tour rider to raise at least £800 in sponsorship for the Samaritans Central Charity or their local Samaritans branch

For each one-day stage rider to raise at least £100 in sponsorship for the Samaritans Central Charity or their local Samaritans branch

For us all to join local Samaritans en-route to support branch fundraising

A fully supported ride

This is a fully-supported ride. Kit will be transported in our support vehicle which will monitor our progress and provide refreshments en-route. Comfortable accommodation will be provided in a variety of settings including the homes of Samaritan volunteers, budget hotels (twin rooms with showers) and at a national conference centre. Riders will eat breakfast and dinner together. We’ll share the cost through a fee of around £400 for six-day tour riders or £30 for one-day stage riders. Any surplus from the sign-up fees will be refunded.

Join the Samaritans

If you’re not able to join the 2022 Heritage Ride, why not join the thousands of Samaritans across the country who support people who are desperate for someone to talk to. It’s vital work with a commitment of just 16 hours a month and you won’t find more supportive colleagues anywhere else.

Steve Johnson, 2022 Ride Co-ordinator 


  1. Great meeting you here Canterbury, Steve! Hope your fellow travellers made it to Whitstable. Good luck on the rest of your journey!! And thanks for doing a shift with us!


  2. Hi, hope you are getting on alright, good luck with the rest of your travels. See you on the 21 May.

    Caithness branch


  3. Steve, great to cycle with you from Elgin to Inverness.unfortunately did not see you with my cycling club on Saturday near Dingwall, developed recurring bursitis on hip so had to pull out. Enjoy cycle today from Tongue/ Bettyhill. Chris


  4. Well done mate You have made it without any incidents or hiccups. I have been following your progress day by day on the computer .It has been a long hard ride for you. Again well done and will hear all about it when you get Sussex


  5. I am here because I was cycling behind you in Aberdeen earlier this month and I promised myself to find out more about the mystery ‘Sussex to Shetland’ cyclist.

    Amazing, well done!!


  6. Well done! Fantastic acheivement while raising money and awareness for Samaritans. We enjoyed joining you on the Aberdeen to Newmacher section.


  7. David 936, Deputy Director Outreach at York Branch delighted to support this event in 2021 with riders on the last stage and a big green Samaritans welcome to our fabulous city on the final day.


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