The Sheriff's Ride 10 September 2011

Published: 28 July 2011

Historic Lichfield Sheriff's Ride


The Sheriff of Lichfield, Dr Neville Brown invites applications to ride with the Historic Lichfield Sheriff's Ride; the route covering approximately 20 miles is mainly cross country but with some roads and greenways. The ride is open to competent riders over the age of 16. The non refundable entry fee is £25.


The Sheriff's Ride Tradition

The unique tradition of the Sheriff's Ride dates from Queen Mary's Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a 'City and County' with a right to appoint its own Sheriff. The Charter commanded the Sheriff to make a complete perambulation of the City boundary each September; a tradition, which has been upheld to this day.

The Ride commences at 10.30am from South Staffordshire College Campus. The lunchtime halt will be at Freeford Manor Park where the public are invited to join the Sheriff for lunch in the marquee. Guests can pre-order either a buffet lunch or packed lunch or alternatively you may bring your own. As the site is grazing pasture, please dispose of litter carefully and where possible do not bring glass on site.


For more information: To request an application form to ride or book a lunch, please contact: Kate Durrant, Lichfield City Council, 53 Wade Street, Lichfield WS13 6HL 01543 309850 email:


Application forms together with the ride rules can be downloaded from the Lichfield City Council web site.


To download a copy of the registration form and rules, click here