Hartside Cafe - a mecca for motorcyclists and a Cumbrian site with world-famous views which was destroyed by fire in March - is up for sale.

The cafe site at the top of the A686 Penrith-Alston road, some 1,903ft above sea level, is on the market with David Britton Estates inviting offers over £300,000.

A spokesman for the company told a local radio station this week that the move to market had resulted in 17 expressions of interest from potential parties in a matter of hours. Hundreds of thousands of people had also seen posts on social media.

The site boasts views across the Eden Valley and over to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

Cafe owners Kathryn and Colin Renwick, in charge for the last 17 years, have decided to retire in the wake of the fire.

Details released by the firm state: "For the current owners this situation has been very emotional and they are wishing to retire rather than construct a new building, leaving the future of this site to the next generation."

The 1.34-acre Hartside site near Alston is largely a hardstanding area.

The original cafe building, around 3,400sqft, was a commercial premises with residential accommodation.

Those handling the sale believe that the site has the potential for retail, holiday accommodation, restaurant/cafe or a mix of uses, subject to planning consents.

Despite the efforts of firefighters, a major blaze tore through the building in March, destroying almost everything but the walls.

At the time of the blaze, the road was closed by heavy snowfall, making the already remote location even more difficult to reach.

It was believed the alarm was raised by a man in a snow plough.

Bikers, car enthusiasts and fans of the cafe were also devastated by the blaze. It prompted a fundraising campaign to help pay for restorations.