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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 22, 2016

KDCS October Kielder Trip

Hello everybody,

You are welcome to join us for a 2 night KDCS trip to Kielder Forest Park in Northumberland on Wednesday and Thursday nights of October 12/13th 2016. We will stay at the newly built Tarset Tor eco bunkhouse <> and the trip is suitable for both MTB & road bikers, but also for walkers and spouses! There is a wealth of MTB trails in Kielder forest, a 26 mile circuit of the reservoir for road or off-road bikes, and a good network of quiet country lanes for those roadies who would venture father afield. Kielder Water and Forest Park is an attractive visitor location and has won several awards in recent years. 

Kielder should be resplendent in Autumn colours, and is also within the newly designated Northumberland Dark Sky area with the Kielder Observatory a few miles up the road For those interested, an evening outing to the observatory is an attractive possibility (8-11pm, £18.15 each, concessions £16.50). A recently published book, The Astronomer's Tale by Gary Fildes, is by the brickie 

Tarset Tor bunkhouse is located in the hamlet of Lanehead, 5k west of Bellingham on the approach to Kielder forest. The accommodation is self-catering in 4 bedded rooms in 4 separate houses (main bunkhouse + 3 bothies) with a total of 44 beds. There are also 3 camper van hook-up spaces, plus space for camping (anyone up for camping in Mid October??). The cost is £20/person/night. 

Bellingham has 3 pubs, 2 banks, a Co-op, butcher, baker, garage and several tea rooms.

The week of 12/13th October is the week before Scottish half term and 2 weeks before English half term weeks so we should have the place mainly/solely to ourselves - there is no-one booked in yet for these dates, but booking can only be confirmed when we pay! Tarset Tor is run by Rob Cocker and his wife Claire; Rob used to live in Kendal and ran The Eclectic bar on Kirkland some 8 or more years ago, and was very pleased to hear a Kendal group might be interested in visiting them.

To reserve places please just let me know ASAP by email. To confirm places, payment will be necessary 6 weeks before our booking. If you wish to extend your stay (from Sunday to Thursday night), you may wish to take advantage of the '5 nights for 3' offer- see the Tarset Tor website for details. Please let me know with whom you wish to share a room.

Give me a call if you have any questions.

Tim Goffe,
KDCS MTB group

Monday, August 01, 2016

Thursday 4th August - chip shop ride to Arnside

If anyone fancies a run to Arnside for fish n’ chips next Thursday, we’re doing a run out from Kendal leisure centre at 6pm, we will try to make it a longish ride there and shortish ride back, maybe even via drinking hole too. Thursday 4th August 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Two Brooks’ ladies saddles for sale and two bikes now for sale at the moment ....

...full details in the Sell and Seek section --- 
Two Brooks’ saddles for sale - Finesse and Professional S ladies’ saddle;  
Ribble winter / audax / training / light touring bike Campag 27 speed;  
Raleigh Ladies Panache bike, mixte frame, 5-speed.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sat 16th July - Early morning ride from Windermere Ferry - it's on

Meet at Ferry Nab at 06:45h for the first ferry of the morning at 06:50h and enjoy the dawn chorus along the lakeshore track to Wray.  Aiming to be at Wray for about 8am, for anyone wanting to join in then, and going on to Hawkshead for breakfast.
Leader: Martin Slader (tel:07787 20381209)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

100 Cols for Cancer

Graham and Steve are now over 3000km through their 4081km trip and have today bagged the Col de la Bonette, the highest yet at over 2715m.  Read Graham's interesting and amusing blog of their trip at:
and donate to their charitable cause at: 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Midsummer event 12th June 2016 - Jo and Jamie's

Please note that anyone going to the Midsummer event at Jo and Jamies on Sunday 12th June, their email address is: 

There are no spaces between the -.

Please let them know if you are intending to go.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

 Midsummer afternoon ride and evening social/Jacob's Join - Sunday 12th June, Endmoor
Join any of afternoon/evening to fit in with your weekend!  
(If driving please use summerlands if roadside & drive crowded).
12.30 - 2pm - coffee and tea at ours, welcome to bring lunch & enjoy view if weather good. 
2pm - choice of afternoon rides - road or mountain bike routes - back for around 5 -6 pm. A gentle walk option also available for anyone not able to ride. 
7 - 10pm - (hopefully summer evening nice weather! !!) BBQ/ Jacobs join - I'll throw bits together & coordinate if folk let me know they're coming. Please email Jo directly at Jo@jamie -
All welcome - tea & coffee/rides just turn up - Jacobs join - let me know so I can make sure we have plates etc please & we can share food coordination. (Those who don't know I will email directions! ).
Jo@jamie -