Cyclists to blaze forest trail for energy scheme

Illuminated night ride leads green initiative

Cyclists are to be given the chance to ride an illuminated forest night ride thanks to an initiative to encourage businesses to switch their heat energy supply to wood heat.

The ‘Wood Rush’ weaves a trail from KielderCastle to LeaplishWatersidePark in Northumberland and back again. The event has been designed to illuminate NEWHeat’s mission to change the energy cycle and drastically reduce carbon emissions.

En route, at mid point of the 13km trail, cyclists will weave a 2km dreamlike path created by the Northumberland Lights team.

David Clubb, project director of energy initiative NEWHeat, explains: “Northumberland Lights seemed a great way to highlight what we’re doing in the North East, especially as Kielder Water & Forest Park, in particular, is one of the region’s richest sources of sustainable woodland.

“With wood chip being in such high demand as the energy source of the future, the Wood Rush seemed a perfect opportunity to engage the public in our mission and the most appropriate name for this fast-paced, forest-based cycling event.”

Festival director, Zoe Bottrell, said: “The Wood Rush is the first time we’ve organised a specific event for cyclists, and it’s one in which the riders can enjoy the light and sound installations our artists have created on route, whilst also becoming a part of the art themselves – adding a further layer to the Lakeside spectacle when they wind down the illuminated track by night.

The Wood Rush night-time cycle ride takes place on Wednesday 12th November between 6.30 and 10pm. Tickets cost £10 and include refreshments.

Cyclists are invited to register and depart KielderCastle any time between 6.30pm to 8.00pm. The ride is expected to take between 1–2 hours and all cyclists are requested to return to the Castle by 10.00pm.

Places are limited and must be pre-booked. All tickets are now on sale and are available from Hexham Tourist Information Centre. Telephone 01434 652220 or email hexham.tic@tynedale.gov.uk.

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