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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.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

KDCS XMAS PARTY - CARUS GREEN Wednesday 11th December 2019 7pm

This year's KDCS Christmas Party will take place at Carus Green Golf Club, Burneside. It has been so good the last few years, why change it?

The date: Wednesday 11th December 7pm

The Menu

Please choose from the menu above, 2 courses £14.95 or 3 courses £17.95

Please email your choice of Starter, Main and Dessert to: David Wills  (click on name)


You can pay by Bank Transfer
 Sort code : 20-45-28
Account No : 93153592

or Cheque made out to David Wills
or cash when you see me.

There will be the usual entertainment, films and Cafe award.

Hope you can make it,
Dave Wills

Thursday, October 10, 2019

KDCS SOCIAL - Thursday 31st OCTOBER 2019 - Wetherspoons, Kendal

Come and join us for a KDCS social evening in The Miles Thompson, Wetherspoons , Kendal 7pm onwards.

Just come for a drink and a chat, or have a meal.
Thursday night is Curry Club.

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Change of day for weekend Shap ride

Pete’s ride this weekend is now on Saturday 21st September instead of Sunday because of the weather forecast for the weekend.  See the calendar for details and please contact Pete (or leave him a message) to say that you are joining the ride.

Saturday, August 17, 2019


Hi all -

I propose to lead an away trip to Calderdale - on Wednesday 18th - Thursday 19th September, its an area you've probably never thought about for mountain biking - being bleak and uninspiring and full of run down mill towns. Think again - the trails here are as good as our local ones and some of those old towns have become desirable places to live. 

There are steep technical single track routes, trails over the high moors with extensive views, together with some really steep climbs (if you like them) and you will be following old cobbled and paved packhorse routes along the way; there is even an attractive canal side trail.  To get a flavour of the area look at the Flat Tyres mtb site, Pedal North and Cycle Calderdale.

Its all not too far away either; Kendal to Hebden Bridge is about 1hr 30 min to 2.00 hrs via the M6 and M65.

The plan is to go away for 2 days though if you like it you might want to stay for longer or even go down earlier and stay for 2 nights. Hebden Bridge has a range of accommodation but the favourite is the Hebden Bridge hostel (AKA Mama Weirdigan's) which has a range of accommodation from £15 in a bunk room and £20 in a dorm to £55 for a twin and £75 for a 4 family room. A cereal breakfast is included. More upmarket possibilities exist nearby. The hostel has car parking (to be reserved at time of booking), though no indoor accommodation for bikes (they can be locked up, or accommodated on or in the cars). There is a hosepipe for bike washing, though no indoor drying room. It is a bit quirky as no meat or fish is allowed in the hostel (eggs OK) and indoor slippers should be brought.  

There are plenty of pubs to eat out in within walking distance.

I had originally thought about doing the Mary Towneley loop of the Pennine Bridleway over two days but this has certain logistical issues and would make for a couple of very long committing days especially with driving down or back on the same day.... so perhaps another year. By doing two shorter circular routes we will still get to ride some of the Pennine Bridleway route and get a flavour of the area; its all weather dependant and the precise routes will have to depend on who is interested and the  weather on the day.

However, plan A will be to drive down and meet at GR956247; this is a picnic area on the A646 between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge to do the Hebden Bridge Single Track route see or a variant of it; the full route is c 38km but it could be shortened. The meet up time will be 10.30 - hopefully ready to roll. The plan is to have a break in Hebden Bridge at the Hebble End Cafe for an early lunch or late 11ses with a further stop along the way for a picnic lunch. 

On the Thursday we could do the Hebden Bridge and Bronte Way route see at c 34.5km or something shorter if folks want to get back earlier.

If you are interested, and I'll go anyway, please let me know asap - at the moment the hostel has plenty of space for the Wednesday night and if you want to share a 4 bed room with me I can sort that out with the hostel for the first 3 takers, otherwise book direct.

Pete  Ashby

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

TANDEM PILOT WANTED 12th,13th and 14th October - Way of the Roses

I am organising a group of 5 Tandems to cycle the Way of the Roses on 12, 13 & 14 October. The mileage each day is approx 50. Some of the 5 visually impaired people in the group have never done this kind of thing before. I have a support vehicle to carry overnight luggage.

I still need one tandem pilot. The stoker for this pilot is experienced  & used to riding with different people. The pilot need not have previous experience of riding tandem as some training can be given in the meantime which would involve a couple of half days cycling. There are a variety of tandems available to suit people of all sizes.

if you would be willing to help or know of someone who might be able to help can you please contact me by e-mail or by phone on:

Landline: 01524 388970

Mobile: 0797 6477602

Thank you.

Steve Bateman

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Ride report - E- Bike experience with Eden-e-Motion and Scott Bikes

You might remember Bill's ride report of our last visit to Kirkby Stephen back on November 8th. This was a great day out for the MTB section of the club and was organised by Mike Sunderland (KDCS member) and Paul Clow the owner of Eden e Motion electric assist bike shop.

The good news is that we were invited back for another demo day and ride on 18th April 2019 and of course all those wonderful refreshments post ride.
For this event , Paul organised eight Scott electric mountain bikes for us to try and use on the ride entirely free of cost.

 The weather was good for the ride, with 21 riders including 13 e-riders. For the electric riders the ride up to nine standards was a breeze, with minimum effort required on trail mode. However, there were a couple of locked gates and stiles en route which required a team effort to haul the bikes back on track.

Back at the Eden-e-Motion we had refreshments and a chance to look at the other bikes for sale.
Paul has an extensive stock of every type of electric bike. If you only ride road bikes he will have something of interest for you.

A quick de-briefing after the ride, with thanks to Mike Sunderland, Eden-e-Motion and Scott for providing the bikes.

Scott e-Genius 710 (Shimano) - £5799

Scott e-strike 920 (Bosch) - £5699

Summary of ride by Dave Wills:
I had a great day out on the Scott e-Genius 710 - Full suspension, electric with 4 modes (including walk mode.) The 25 mile ride up to Nine Standards was made really easy in trail mode. Max speed is 15 miles an hour with the motor. On the downhill I switched it off to reach speeds of 64km per hour (nearly 40miles per hour) on the tarmac.
At the end of the ride I was nearly out of power but had only started with 4 out of 5 bars. I still had lots of energy left though compared to the usual Thursday MTB ride.
The bike was a pleasure to ride, and handled really well.
If you don't want to buy one, its definitely worth hiring one for the day for the experience.

Thanks to all for a good day out.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Proposed MTB and Road bike trips June and July 2019

North Yorkshire Moors MTB Weekend June 8th 9th 2019


Nearest Campsite is Golden Square Caravan and Camping Site about 5k south of Helmsley.
GR SE603796.
Website Rather expensive but cheaper than B&B.
There is a Youth Hostel in Helmsley and various other hotels etc


Two rides Planned.
Saturday is the Helmsley Loop. Approx.. 30k starting from Helmsley but easy to ride to the start from the campsite. 3 miles each way.

 Sunday start is from the visitor centre at the top of Sutton Bank. Parking charges apply. About 9k from the campsite. This is a shorter route of about 25k but will allow people to head off home a bit earlier if they wish.

MTB away trip to Teesdale, June 20th - 21st

I propose to guide a ride from Dufton to Teesdale again this year, on Thu June 20th.  Overnight at Langdon Beck and return on 21st.  An outline of the route is: leave cars at Dufton, up the access road to Gt Dun Fell, off piste to Cross Fell, track to Garrigill, then Tyne Head, Cow Green and Langdon Beck.  Return via Cow Green and High Cup Nick.

This is a month later than last year's visit so, for those interested, there will be a different flora and fauna to see.

I have arranged for a sherpa (ie. Claire) to take baggage from Dufton to Langdon Beck in the car, so we can travel as light as possible.  When I have numbers I will try to book us all for dinner in the Langdon Beck Hotel (pub). If this is not possible the option is either to book dinner in the YH or take your own food to cook there.  (I'm assuming everyone will want the pub meal if available.)

What to do if you want to come:
1.  Book yourself accommodation for June 20th.  The YH has beds in shared single-sex rooms or has private rooms for 2, 4 or 5 people.  All are available as of now.  The price is in the region of £25 pppn with a 10% discount for members.  If you require a bed in a shared room, or want a 2 bed room then go ahead and book now.  If you want a bed in a private 4 or 5 - bedded room I suggest you send an email asking for room-mates, since you will have to book the whole room (

Alternatively you might want to investigate rooms at the Langdon Beck Hotel (  

(I would normally do the bookings for us but the situation is complicated by who wants what sort of room, who is and isn't a member and who wants breakfast or packed lunch.  The online booking process is dead easy.)

2. Meals.  When you make your booking, don't book dinner (see below) but do book yourself breakfast and/or packed lunch if you require these (they are cheaper booked in advance).  Alternatively take breakfast and lunch materials with you (that's what I'll do).

3.  Let me know that you are coming by next Thursday (April 4th), then I will know numbers and will see if I can book everyone in for dinner at the pub (which is a short walk or ride from the YH).

If the pub can't take us for dinner that night I can book dinner for everyone at the YH (cost c£10) unless you let me know you have made other arrangements (eg. you might want to self-cater).  There would still be time to go to the pub after dinner.


 KDCS 3 day mountain bike trip in the Dales 3-5th July

 Proposed 3 day MTB trip based around Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. Lots of road riding and walking options for partners or those not wishing to ride all 3 days. Tourist options include museums, 2 YD National Park Centres, Hawes Creamery, Aysgarth Falls, Castles, Abbeys etc.

 Date - Wed to Friday 3rd-5th July 2019


 Day 1 ride 10.30am start Arkenthdale 16.25 miles
 Start Langthwaite GR NZ005022 free village car park.
  Ride starts with a climb up to the old lead mine workings and on to Whaw Moor, Whaw, mine works around Booze Moor, Moresdale Ridge, Washfold Hurst, Booze and back to Langthwaite - 3265 ft of climbing grade red.

 Day 2 ride - 10.00 am start for tour of Swaledale 20 mile ride
 Start Reeth Village Green ( free parking with honesty box ) GR SE038993
 From Reeth head up through Grinton and up onto Harkerside Moor, Low Row, Gunnerside, Winterings Edge, Bunton, Great Pinseat, Helaugh and back into Reeth. Ascent 4165ft grade red.

 Day 3 ride 10.30am start from the Green Dragon pub Hardraw GR 866913 free on road parking nearby 2 loops from Hardraw Loop 1- Abbotside Common and Sedbusk 10k 1000ft of climbing Coffee / tea stop in Hardraw ( Cafe or Pub ) Loop 2 - Hearne top and Cotterdale 12k with 1000ft of climbing.


 Orchard Caravan and Camping Park
 Black Bull pub and other pubs / hotels in or near Reeth Grinton Lodge
 YHA Low Row Bunk Barns Dales Bike Centre - 14 bunks available in 2x 4 bunks room, 3 x 2 bunk rooms.
 All bunks booked pay for only 13. Room rates for 2019 are £58 for a 2 bunk room but this includes breakfast. Single occupancy 2 bunk room £39 including breakfast, 4 bunk room £116 includes breakfasts, whole place £377 a night. Showers, toilet and bathroom shared. WiFi, bike storage, bike wash.