The London to Brighton began in 1979, when 60 Friends of the Earth decided to leave Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, travel on bike across Westminster Bridge, down the Old Kent Road, through the weald of Kent to Lewes & along the sea front to Madeira Drive in Brighton. They thought it would be a fun day out from the centre of the city to the coast...it took them along 95 miles of English countryside and only 37 finished!
In 1980, the British Heart Foundation took over the organisation of what is now Europe's biggest fund raising cycle ride and there are 27,000 places. The route now leaves from Clapham Common to Madeira Drive, Brighton, but over 54 miles instead of 95 back in those days.
This year the London to Brighton is being held on Sunday 17th June & it is ALWAYS Father's Day. At Fanny's Farm shop we are one of the official Refreshment Stops, delivering 1000's of litres of water, tea, coffee, energy drinks, bacon sandwiches, bread pudding & bagettes to hungry cyclists. And of course the desperately needed LOO!
If you are entering the ride this year, we look forward to seeing you and maybe come back and visit us again another day when it is a bit calmer.
To ensure the safety of cyclists, How Lane, Markedge Lane and Harps Oak Lane will be closed to motorists from 5am - 12pm on Sunday 17th June. The farm shop will be open to regular, non-cycling customers from 1pm - 6pm on Sunday 17th June. Happy cycling one and all!