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With The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep - KDCS Offers an exciting selection of cycle rides throughout the local area and beyond, as well as campaigning for cyclists’ rights and facilities in South Lakeland. There are social gatherings including slide shows, talks and supper evenings and members are kept up to date with cycling news and issues through this web site, emails and our Facebook pages. KDCS are an affiliated group of the CTC.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cycle route, Wildman Street, Kendal

CCC are asking for feedback from local cyclists about their proposals for Wildman Street. 
Attached are the plans and an illustration of the barrier they intend using (plans are very low res, so not easy to read).
 Basically they're proposing reducing the traffic to one lane and widening the footpath on the eastern side to make a shared, unsegregated pedestrian/cycle route.
Please email any comments to Liz Ashburn as soon as possible at 
liz.ashburn@phonecoop.coop


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Speyside, Scotland -- 22-29 September 2017

Speyside, Scotland -- 22-29 September 2017
An update and reminder of our trip 

The forests and roads of the Spey valley around Aviemore provide a wealth of wonderful landscape to explore on MTB, road bike, foot or by car. Six of us have already booked accommodation in a self-catering house in Boat of Garten and over the week there will be a variety of suggested ride programs. It is an area we know well from several previous visits and the bike rides can be anything from gentle to brutal! And there is a wealth of other non-bike activities on offer in the area including: walking, climbing, Cairngorm Mountain Railway, golf, fishing, distillery visits and whisky tasting, Strathspey Steam Railway, Loch Garten RSPB, watersports at Loch Insh, Highland Wildlife Park and more.

For anyone who wishes to join us, there are many accommodation options - Hotels, pubs, B&B's, hostels, campsites and self-catering abound in this popular holiday area. However, a specific recommendation that we can make, is for the reasonably priced independent hostel at Slochd Mhor Lodge, run by Ian Bishop and his wife Liz. We have stayed there many times and it is a great location for mountain biking with the added benefit that Ian also runs a bike workshop and is a skilled mechanic. You will need to telephone Slochd Mhor to make a booking, as on-line isn't working at the moment. You can book individually for as many or as few nights as you want.



Tim, Staveley

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yorkshire Dales KDCS 3 day cycling break 12-14 July 2017



This break is designed to cater for KDCS mountain bikers and road riders and provides the option to join any of the proposed/ suggested rides on either a day visit basis or staying in the area on a DIY find your own accommodation basis. Accommodation is available through hostels/ bunkhouses, camping, camper van, pubs and Hotels, B&B's etc. Near Hawes there is the Green Dragon Inn at Hardraw which offers B&B in the pub, camping and self catering in lodges ( en suite ) and the bunkhouse with rooms for 2, 4 and 6 people ( latter £17.50 per person per night ). Also in Hardraw is a more traditional bunkhouse at the Old School Bunkhouse. This has a main room and a couple of smaller rooms to suit families. In Keld over in Swaledale there is Keld Bunk Barn, Yurts and camping. Over in Reeth there is camping, bunk houses and the YHA at Grinton.

Proposed rides are as follows:-

Wednesday 12.7.17

MTB ride - tour of Swaledale from Reeth - 20 miles

A 20 mile ride with 4165 ft of climbing starting in Reeth and going via Grinton, Harkerside Moor, Low Row, Gunnerside, winterings edge, Bunton, Great Pinseat, Helaugh and back to Reeth. There is an opt out option to shorten this loop by going via Feetham. Start Reeth centre from near the Black Bull pub 10.30am. SE038993 graded red.

Road Ride - Reeth circular via Tanhill - 27 miles

A moderate to strenuous ride several climbs including that to Tan Hill ( 1758ft ) Route is Reeth, Arkengarthdale, Whaw, Tan Hill, Keld, Muker, Gunnerside, Feetham, Healaugh, Reeth. Start Black Bull pub centre of Reeth 10.30am. SE038993

Thursday 13.7.17

MTB ride Arkenthdale 16.25 miles

Start Langthwaite NZ005022- through the mine workings to Whaw Moor, Whaw, more mines around Booze Moor, Moresdale Ridge, Washfold, Hurst, Booze and back into Langthwaite.  ( 3265ft of climbing ) graded red.

Road ride- Hawes circular 30 miles

Start Hawes main car park by the YDNP centre, out to Fleet Moss, Outershaw, Langstroth dale, Hubberholme, Bishopdale, Aysgarth, Carperby, Askrigg, Hawes. Strenuous ride with climbing. Start Hawes YDNP centre 10.30am 

Day 3 - 14.7.17 

Leisure day with options to take in tourist spots - museum and visitors centre, rope works and  Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, Aysgarth falls etc. Short rides options if wanted could be:-

MTB - 2 loops from Hardraw

Loop 1 - Abbotside Common and Sedbusk 10k 1000ft of climbing

Loop 2 - Hearne top and Cotterdale 12k 1000ft of climbing

Start Hardraw 866913 Green Dragon Pub. 10.30am

Road ride - Hardraw circular

20+ miles taking in Burtersett, Countersett, Bainbridge, Askrigg?, and back along the YD cycleway to Hardraw. Start Hardraw 866913 Green Dragon pub 10.30 am

These rides will require leaders. Steve Warner will take the lead for the MTB rides and will happily brief volunteer leaders for the road rides. 

Steve Warner

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sunday 11th June -Ride Cancelled due to bad weather.
I have made a decision to cancel tomorrows ride due to the forecast.

The forecast has varied over the last few days in terms of rain but has remained consistent regarding the wind which increases from 20 mph to 40+ in the afternoon from the SW, so no matter which direction the ride goes on the route it will either be a crosswind or slight headwind.

The great north swim on Sunday is cancelling due to the weather so I am also taking my lead from that. I’ll go over at the start at Broughton to catch those who don’t see this or get an email.

Mike Pezet

KDCS RIDE CANCELLED FROM BROUGHTON 11th June

Hi everyone 

I have made a decision to cancel tomorrows ride due to the forecast.

The forecast has varied over the last few days in terms of rain but has remained consistent regarding the wind which increases from 20 mph to 40+ in the afternoon from the SW, so no matter which direction the ride goes on the route it will either be a crosswind or slight headwind.

The great north swim on Sunday is cancelling due to the weather so I am also taking my lead from that. I’ll go over at the start at Broughton to catch those who don’t get the email.

All the best

Mike

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Eskdale Midweek Cycle Holiday 14th, 15th , 16th June 2017

I am organising a midweek break primarily for the MTB section of KDCS , to be based in Eskdale, but there is no reason why road riders can’t come along and do their own thing too, so we could meet up in the evening for a social.
The intention is to book accommodation individually so that no one has to manage individual preferences for the type of stay they want to have. e.g camping, bed and breakfast, camper van, hotel.

WEDNESDAY 14th June
On the Wednesday there will be an off road ride from Staveley to Eskdale approx 28miles. (Route subject to change.) Route: Staveley to High Borrans, onto Dubbs Road down to Troutbeck. Then along Robins Lane and Jenkins Crag to Ambleside. From here we follow route 37 to Elterwater. Then Elterwater to Cathedral Cave and onto Wrynose pass. Then over Wrynose and HardKnott to descend into Eskdale. Wednesday night meet up for social.

THURSDAY 15th June
I am planning to ride the Eskdale Trail which is a distance of 13miles (21km) moderate/easy off road. http://www.golakes.co.uk/Eskdale-Eskdale-Trail/details/?dms=3&venue=5061672 This may only take us the morning to do, so there could be another ride in the afternoon up to Burmoor Tarn and Wast Water, depending on how people feel. Thursday night – social

FRIDAY 16th June
Ride back to Staveley / Kendal via Hardknott and Wrynose.

 Accommodation

 Camping I am staying at the Eskdale Campsite, which offers a variety of accommodation.
 See Eskdale Campsite www.eskdalecampsite.com
Fisherground Campsite www.fishergroundcampsite.co.uk
 
Pubs: - check for availability
 Brook House Inn
 The Boot Inn
 The Woolpack Inn

 Youth Hostel
YHA at Eskdale

 For those that are cycling to Eskdale there is an option to have your camping equipment delivered to the site to save you carrying it on the bike.

 Please can you let me know if you are interested in going?
 Thanks,
 David Wills

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Audax U.K. Events In Kendal area

There are three Audax events coming up in April, May and June in the local area:

Sunday April 23rd - Bowland Populaire 100k from Wray.
See http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-526/ for details

Saturday May 13th - The Cumbrian 200 from Troutbeck.
See http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-95/ for details

Sunday 4th June - Wyre Whirl from Kendal.
See  http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-490/ for details


Friday, March 17, 2017

Event Cancelled...Event Cancelled...Event Cancelled...Event Cancelled... Kendal - Castle Sportive Lowther Castle - Sunday 18th June 2017



The inaugural Giant Kendal - Castle Sportive starts and finishes at the majestic Lowther Castle. It follows a figure of eight route for 58 miles with 5118ft of ascent (90k/1560m) that allows spectators to support from the splendour of Lowther Castle grounds.


With a ‘feature’ climb thrown in the first half, so those legs are still nice and fresh, and for those that like challenges we have additional spot prizes based on Strava course segments.


If a bike ride isn’t your thing, Lowther Castle is the perfect location for a family day out, and we have designed the route so riders will come back through the grounds during their ride for supporters to give them a well-earned cheer!

Entry fee is £30, which also includes two free child places to the Lost Castle worth £14.

Giant Kendal - Castle Sportive Lowther Castle - Sunday 18th June 2017
Time: Start times between 8am – 10am
Tel: 01539 728057
Venue: Lowther Castle, Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH