Hadleigh Farm is the venue for the mountain biking competition in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and 2012 Paralympics Games and is located at Hadleigh within the borough of Castle Point, near Southern in the county of Essex.
Hadleigh Farm is owned by The Salvation Army and run as an educational working farm. It features a rare breed’s centre and tea room for visitors. The 700 acre farm was purchased in 1891 by General Booth as part of a plan to rescue the destitute from the squalor of London. Hadleigh Farm overlooks the Thames estuary to the south and adjoins Hadleigh Castle, built in the 1230s during the reign of King Henry III, and one of the most important late medieval castles in Essex, now preserved by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. A portion of the mountain bike course crosses the adjacent Hadleigh Country Park, owned and managed by Essex County Council and a Site of Special Scientific Interest with special regard for invertebrates.
Hadleigh Farm was confirmed in 2008 as the venue for the mountain biking competition in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The original proposed venue at Weald Country Park had been deemed insufficiently challenging by the International Cycling Union, who was described as being delighted with Hadleigh. During the Olympic Games, temporary grandstands holding 3,000 people will be erected.
Plans for improving access to the site for the Olympics include widening of Castle Lane and Chapel Lane in Hadleigh. The site is approximately five miles from London Southern Airport. It is as yet unknown what legacy will be left for mountain biking after the event.
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