Someone stopped me last year, outside our local shop, and said that if I were to cycle from where Capability Brown was born to where he is buried then he would sponsor me. This set the challenge of actually doing just that in this Tercentenary year, a distance of 295 miles (more if you include cycling to the start between railway stations/B&Bs!)
So, on Monday 22 August 2016, five of us are heading north – Sue Martynski, Keith Page, John Jackson, David Martynski and myself. We’ll go by train to Northumberland, and the following day, we will be setting off from Brown’s birthplace, Kirkharle.
Over the next five days we’ll be heading to where Brown’s remains lie, in the churchyard of our village, Fenstanton in Cambridgeshire.
We are doing this, not only to celebrate Brown’s 300th anniversary, but as a sponsored ride to raise much needed money to restore the Brown family memorial in our Parish Church.
We are hoping against hope for no rain, no punctures and that, if there has to be wind, it is behind us!
It would be great if you could sponsor us please, as seeing a growing amount of money raised will certainly spur us on and make it all worthwhile. You can donate online.
There are many events going on, both in our village and nationally, but this event will directly link the birth and final resting places of Capability Brown.
About the author: Julia Mitchell lives in Fenstanton, and is one of the five cyclists undertaking the bike ride between the village and Kirkharle.