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Plans for Northumberland to become premier cycling tourism destination shift up a gear

Plans for Northumberland to become premier cycling tourism destination shift up a gear

A decorative bike on a wall with red and yellow flowers growing through it, topped by red and yellow bunting Plans are under way to…

Saturday, Mar 19

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A decorative bike on a wall with red and yellow flowers growing through it, topped by red and yellow bunting Plans are under way to make Northumberland the ‘premier cycling holiday destination in England.’

Local businesses with an interest in cycling, as well as major landowners in the country such as the Forestry Commission and Northumberland National Park , were brought together to discuss how the tourism industry in Northumberland can capitalise on the huge increase of cycling tourism.

Aims included discussing how interested parties can work together to create a seamless cycle friendly visitor experience and how best to market it.

One of the first developments is the Northumberland Cycling Charter, where businesses will be able to demonstrate they have all the requirements of a ‘Cycling Friendly’ establishment, to give visitors confidence in bringing their bikes along on a trip.

Ruth Tweedie, tourism development officer for Visit Northumberland said: "We know that many of our visitors enjoy cycling as part, or all, of their holiday so it is vital that we coordinate our offer to ensure that they can have the best experience possible.

"This is the start of making Northumberland a premier cycling holiday destination in England."

Sustrans, the walking, wheeling and cycling charity and custodian of the National Cycle Network, estimates that leisure and tourism cycling contributes £650m a year to the economy and supports over 15,000 jobs, with 1.23m overnight cycle trips per year in the UK.According to the EuroVelo study, the average spend on one of these trips is £360 […]

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