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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.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

KDCS CLUB MEETING 7:30pm - Duke of Cumberland

WhenTue, 3 October, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
WhereThe Duke Of Cumberland, 1 Appleby Rd, Kendal LA9 6ES, UK (map)
DescriptionGeneral KDCS club meeting to discuss how the club is organised and how we want to go forward. All are welcome to come along, meet others and pitch in with your ideas, suggestions and offers of time, rides or others skills. So, please come along to Duke of Cumberland pub in Kendal ( for 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd October. We'll try and get the meeting started by 8pm. We are not being charged for the room on the expectation that at least some people will buy food there, so if you fancy a meal beforehand, please make your own arrangements.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last Call for Speyside, 22-29 Sept 2017

We (Tim & Sarah Goffe, Andy and Claire Gilliam, Catriona Webster and partner Mark) are off this week to Aviemore, Speyside, Scotland to explore this superb region from Friday 22nd-29th September.
 Anyone who wants to join us is very welcome to do so and most (maybe all) of the rides will start daily at 10am from Red Squirrel Lodge, Kinchurdy Road, Boat of Garten, PH24 3BP. We plan to alternate road and off-road routes probably as follows:

•Sat 23: BoG - Aviemore - Kincraig - Loch Insh (lunch) -Feshie Bridge - Rothiemurchus -BoG (road)
•Sun 24: BoG - Loch Garten - Abernathy Forest - Ryvoan -Glenmore Lodge - Queens forest -BoG (off road)
•Mon 25: BoG - Inverdruie - Loch Morlich - Cairngorm Mountain railway and return (road)
•Tue 26: BoG - Aviemore - Rothiemurchus - Glen Einach and return (MTB)
•Wed 27: BoG - Nethy Bridge - Grantown - Spey Valley and distilleries (Knockando) and back (road)
•Thu 28: BoG - Carbridge - Slogan Bridge _ Sloch Mor Lodge and back (MTB)

The weather forecast is reasonably good for cycling; no rain or wind, warmish, occasional sunshine, so we should have a good week. If you are coming on any of the rides, please let us know in advance, in case we change our schedule - we wouldn't want to leave without you!

Tim Goffe (M: 07775636468) or Sarah (M: 07718498234)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Latest ride news

Tuesday 19th September – extra Easy Tuesday ride

Leaving Staveley Mill Yard at 7pm for Kentmere and return. Optional extension to Ings for the music night, make your own way home.
Alternative is to stop for a drink at the Eagle & Child. Martin will be setting off from Windermere Station at 6pm to ride to Staveley over the gated road if anyone wants to join him.
Kendal riders could meet at KLC at 6pm to meet up with the others in Staveley at 7pm.

Change to ride for 23rd September

Due to Cark cafe (KDCS Cafe award holder 2017) being closed on 23rd September this route ride will be rearranged for a future date.
The replacement route for 23rd September will be a circular route from Kendal LC via Barbon and Sedbergh. Coffee at Barbon Cafe and lunch at Sedbergh.

First Friday rides – 

October ride (Friday 6th), but earlier start, 6.30pm ferry (6pm at Windermere Station). 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trip Update - Speyside, Scotland

September Speyside: 22-29 September 2017

Off Road rides:
    Boat of Garten – Aviemore – Rothiemurchus – Glen Eanaich and back, 45k
    BoG - Abernethy Forest - Ryvoan pass - Glenmore Lodge – Queen’s Forest – BoG, 35k
    Slochd – Aviemore via Sluggan Bridge & Gen Wade Rd, back via Loch Vaa & Carrbridge, 40k
    Many other shorter and longer rides are possible.
Road Rides:
    BoG – Cairngorm c/p, Cairngorm Mountain Railway and back, 30m riding
    BoG - Kingussie and back via Loch Insh, 40m
    BoG – Knockando distillery and back via Spey Valley, 50m

All the rides (road and MTB) have cafe stops and we will aim for 10am starts. The MTB rides are physical but not technical, with the exception of Glen Eanaich which is both! The scenery is stunning.
We will try and alternate MTB and road rides, but remain flexible and change if participants have other suggestions. And it is anticipated that some will have other agendas -golf, fishing, walking, driving, bird watching, etc., and may take part in only some or none of the rides.
We plan at least one evening in the week where we meet up for a meal together.

Please let me (Tim Goffe) know if you are planning on joining us for any or all of this September Speyside trip.

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

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