The Tour de Northumberland!

Bellingham Blast


You don’t need to be Bradley Wiggins to have a blast in Lycra!

Image attached: Andrew Johnston from British Cycling and Alex Maclennan from The Forestry Commission Cycling the new Blast Route. Credit Nigel Denham.

The Bellingham Blast is back after last year’s inaugural running which offered road cyclists the chance to saddle up against the stunning backdrop of Kielder Water & Forest Park and Northumberland National Park.

The event will be staged over two days on 22/23 September, combining a 61 mile timed circuit of tarmac and forest roads for serious bikers, with a more relaxing 18 mile outing for casual riders the following day between Bellingham and 13th century Dally Castle.

Kielder has become a massive draw for mountain bikers, but the Blast aims to open up the same breath-taking scenery to road enthusiasts.

The weekend is run by the North Tyne and Redesdale Community Partnership backed by the Forestry Commission and Northumberland National Park Authority. The aim is to make it an annual cycling extravaganza and attract new visitors into the area.

Organiser Rachel Pearson said:

“We′ve tweaked the longer route and it will now be run anti-clockwise so the hills are at the start, providing a faster finish. The family outing is completely new, using beautiful and quiet country roads. ”

Alex MacLennan, Public Affairs Manager with the Forestry Commission, added:

“Last year’s event had a fabulous feel-good factor and the feedback was tremendous. So lube your bike and sign up for the Blast, whatever your ability level.”

To register go to - The cost is £18.00, or £20 on the day. Further information from Rachel Pearson on 07734 294831 or email

Notes to Editor
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more visit

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