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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. 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 Cycling UK.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Neil's "Ride the North 2018" for Maggie's Centres

I'm riding for Maggie's so that they can help people with cancer, and to help support Doug a cycling friend – Doug is riding in memory of his daughter Kathy who sadly died this year from cancer. Maggie's were very supportive to Kathy, family and friends during Kathy's illness and continue to support them all.

I have just got a late entry for "Ride the North", it is a 2-day 175 mile cycling challenge at the end of August. It starts at Castle Fraser (west of Aberdeen) and goes to Elgin on the Saturday with 2000m of climbing; on the Sunday it returns to Castle Fraser with 1900m of climbing. 
I will be riding with Doug and we are both riding in support of Maggie’s Centres. 
Please read why we are doing this, any donation large or small is hugely appreciated and allows Maggie's to help thousands of people with cancer. 

Many thanks – 
Neil Hazlehurst

Thursday, August 09, 2018


Description:Saturday  August 11th - Four, Five or Six Cols: 64km (of which 32km are downhill).

Meet 10.00 at Ambleside Rugby Club (donations please in the honesty box).

This is a hilly route with 4 to 6 climbs up which anyone may walk if they wish - we can wait. From Ambleside via Fold de Skelwith to Col de Croix Haute (Cat3). Then to Torver and Le Moor de Broughton (Cat1), with refreshment stop at Les Bras de Smith Noir. Over Col de Kiln Bank (Cat2) to Dunnerdale and stop at Le Nouveau Champ (or BYO by the river). Thence Beck de Cockley and Col de Nez de Wry (Cat1) to Petit Langdale. Now a choice of routes to the cafe a L'Eau de Elter either via the valley or over Col de Tarn Bleu (Cat2). Finally over Bank Rouge (Cat2) and back to Ambleside (or directly there to avoid the last col). Please make sure your brakes are in good condition.

Leader: Andy Gillham (07484 131666)

Andy has changed the day  due to the weather forecast for the week-end -

A bit of a dilemma for Sunday's ride.  The forecast for Sunday is poor and although the strong winds predicted yesterday for the weekend now don't seem to be happening, the BBC is still forecasting heavy rain.  This is the Kendal forecast so one would expect it to be wetter in the fells.

There is some degree of uncertainty about when and how much rain is coming and I don't want to cancel the ride and then find it is a much better day than thought.  On the other hand, it would be dangerous to cycle mountain passes in heavy rain.

So my proposed solution is to prepone (opposite of postpone) the ride to Saturday.  All other details the same.  Hope to see people at Ambleside at 10:00.

I think this is a reasonable course of action 

Many thanks,


Saturday forecast- 

Sunday forecast- 

Friday, August 03, 2018


"Tor Tec ultralite rack and 2 Ortlieb 20 litre waterproof panniers for sale."

£45 Total.

Please contact if you are interested.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Ride Sunday 29.7.18 cancelled

With regret I think that it would be wise to cancel the ride planned for today from Windermere due to the very bad weather forecast of heavy rain all morning.

Garstang CC got very, very wet on Saturday and abandoned their ride; todays forecast looks as bad if not worse.

Sorry that this is rather last minute, but the forecast kept changing and I was just hoping for the best, but I think that it wouldn’t be much fun riding today –and we are doing it for fun, so discretion is the wisest option.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

47 ROUTES - updated

The routes page has been updated with 3 new rides and all the information and maps you will need to ride them.
Check them out at your leisure from the 47 ROUTES link on the home page or click below.

KDCS route 6e

KDCS route 6f

KDCS route 26c

Thanks to Mark B for the updated information and Andy G for route 26c.

Happy Cycling,
Dave W

Monday, July 02, 2018


Last chance for the Hardraw MTB midweek rides.

10.30am start from Thoralby back of village hall GR 000868
30-35k red route heading for West Burton, Carlton Moor, Melmerby, Agglethorpe, Morpeth Scar. Bring packed lunch

Independence Day special. West of Hawes circular. Start 10.30am from Hawes Yorkshire Dales NPCentre ( pay and display ) but free on street parking nearby. Distance 42k -3750 ft of ascent, Hawes, Appersett, The Moorcock, Garsdale station, Dent Fell, Widdale, Newbury Head Moss, West Cam Road, Hawes.

Day3- 5thJuly
Short ride to finish the break. Start 10.30am roads near Castle Bolton GR033919. Distance 24k but can be extended. Ponderledge Scar, Heugh, Windgate sCurrack, Apedale Head, Dents Houses, Castle Bolton.

Accommodation/ daily attendance
For those wishing to stop over on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings there is a variety of accommodation available - The Green Dragon pub at Hardraw has hotel accommodation, various size bunk rooms from 2 people upwards. There is the Old Hall Cottage campervan / campsite in Hardraw and the Old School Bunkhouse. Allare near the pub. In Hawes down the hill there are pubs, B&B, Hawes Caravan Club site etc. I have booked into the Green Dragon Bunk House in Hardraw. This has good toilets and showers but only a small kitchen area. The pub however is very good and does meals plus it sells great beer.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saturday 30th June 2018 early morning ride - CANCELLED

Due to the Ferry being out of action Martin has decided to cancel this ride until the Ferry is up and running again.

Since the forecast for the week is so good there is an alternative early morning ride:

Meet at Kendal Leisure Centre for 6am (to cycle to Staveley)
Meet at Staveley Mill Yard for 7am

A ride will be decided on the day from Staveley to suit whoever turns up.

Dave Wills