The Sheriff's Ride Tradition

Published: 02 July 2010

sheriff's ride

The Sheriff of Lichfield, Councillor Colin Greatorex invites applications to ride with the Historic Lichfield Sheriff's Ride.

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 route is approximately 20 miles and riders assemble from 9.00am at Lichfield College Campus site for a 10.30 am start. There is a morning stop at Curborough, a lunch stop at Darnford Moors Golf Club and an afternoon stop at Pipe Hall. The Ride returns to the city at approximately 6.30 pm.

The entry fee is £25 and application forms can be downloaded by clicking here.