The Haltwhistle Cycle Hub Project was a pilot project for Market Towns in Northumberland that ran from Oct 2009 to Mar 2011 under the auspices of the Market Town Welcome Programme in association with the Haltwhistle Partnership and other partners. The project aimed to develop Haltwhistle into a destination for leisure cyclists and has produced a series of seven circular routes available of different lengths starting and finishing in the town centre which incorporate a variety of visitor attractions, refreshment stops, and always beautiful scenery.
These routes can now be purchased from Haltwhistle Tourist Information Centre, Haltwhistle Partnership and other local outlets for £2.95 and are also available as a pdf downloads (GPX coming soon).
How's the project managed and funded?
The Northumberland ‘Cycle Hubs’ project ran until April 2011 in conjunction with the Glendale Gateway Trust (Wooler) and the Haltwhistle Partnership. Consultants on the project were from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University. The project was funded through the Market Town Welcome Programme as part of the Rural Development Programme England (RDPE) by Northumberland County Council on behalf of ONE NorthEast. The Market Town Welcome Programme in Northumberland helped key towns to achieve their full potential as tourist destinations and prioritise investment in improvements to the towns’ attractions and facilities.
Participants on the guided cycle ride which took place in March 2010 as part of the Hadrian’s Wall Illuminations