BIDS are being invited from organisations to run Kielder Water and Forest Park’s cycle centre.

The Forestry Commission is seeking a partner to run the centre, offering a full range of bike services, including cycle hire, and helping to develop mountain biking for people of all abilities.

The 155,000-acre Northumberland beauty spot, which attracts 345,000 visitors a year, has emerged as a major cycling destination during the past seven years, with 120 kilometres of acclaimed trails built, including the black-rated Deadwater Fell run, the highest off-road route in England.

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The Forestry Commission want the centre to be up and running by spring. Tenders must be submitted together with a business plan no later than February 8, and organisations must register an interest by January 28.

To download the tender document and guidance notes, visit More information is available from Alex Maclennan on 01434-220242.