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Business Opportunity – Kielder Mountain Bike Hire Centre Operator

The Opportunity

Forestry Commission England (FCE) is offering the opportunity to be part of an expanding Kielder Water & Forest Park, which has strong potential in the tourism industry.

The Location

A new 200sq m Mountain Bike Hire Centre, located adjacent to Kielder Castle.  All MTB singletrack trails located in Kielder Water & Forest Park start and finish adjacent to the new MTB Hire Centre.

The Business

To operate the Kielder Mountain Bike Hire Centre for the period of 2009-2016,

NOTE: Annual inspection of accounts will be undertaken by FCE accountant to check preceding years turnover.

Applications are invited from individuals or businesses to take on a 7-year lease of the above building. It is anticipated that the lease will begin on the 1 July 2009.

Increasing visitor numbers and tourist expenditure promise the successful applicant an opportunity to share in the development of Kielder Water &Forest Park as it grows into one of  North East Englands foremost tourist destinations.


  • The chance to be a part of a development within Northumberland which supports the social, environmental and business objectives of FCE and other Partners.
  • The opportunity to develop, enhance and expand an innovative and growing leisure activity. 
  • A formal annual review process between the business and FCE will be undertaken to promote better understanding of each other’s aims and objectives.
  • The successful business will be a key stakeholder in the future development of Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Forestry Commission England welcomes and encourages all ideas, which will enhance Kielder Water & Forest Park and improve the visitor experience.

Further information

Registering your interest

  • If you are interested in registering an interest in this tender (and would like the formal tender return form and envelope) you must do so by 20th March 2009.
  • By registering you are declaring a definite interest in the opportunity. If you are uncertain about your interest in the opportunity, we would ask you not to submit the form.
  • The application deadline for registering interest is 20th March 2009.
  • Tender process is then undertaken between March 20th and April 15th, when tender forms require to be fully completed and full business plan submitted.
  • More details about the application process.

Complete the register your interest form.

If you have any queries regarding the project please email: or