Bids invited to run Kielder cycle centre

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED TRAILS: Kielder is developing a reputation as a major cycling destination ACCLAIMED TRAILS: Kielder is developing a reputation as a major cycling destination

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.

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 www.forestry.gov.uk/website/forestry.nsf/byunique/infd-7nrkuc. More information is available from Alex Maclennan on 01434-220242.

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