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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.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Sunday Ride - final details from Anne

I did a recce of the route today and found that Greystoke Tea Garden has now closed down.  This means that we cannot have coffee there but could still make a stop on the green or go on to Penrith and get a takeaway drink at the Spar (25 miles into the route from Shap.  

I also checked out lunch options in Langwathby but there is only a shop or pub so instead we'll head 2 miles further on to Little Salkeld for lunch at The Watermill cafe (, which has a nice-looking menu, including beans on toast (for Pete!).  That is 33 miles into the route and adds about 4 miles to the overall distance.

For anyone wanting to keep the ride to under 45miles, another start option is to join the ride at Askham.  Be ready to ride any time from 10.45 - 11am; wait at the green outside the shop.  The loop from Askham to Gt. Strickland is ~40 miles with about 3-4 miles back to Askham from there.  The rest of us will continue south to Shap. 

With these different options, please let me know if you are coming on the ride.  Text me on 07552 545124 or ring me at home on 01539 728262.

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.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Another visit and ride at Kirkby Stephen on 18th April.

You might remember my 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 have been invited back for another demo day and ride and of course all those wonderful refreshments post ride.
For this event however, Paul has organised eight Scott electric mountain bikes for us to try and use on the ride. If you have never tried an electric assist bike or been on one of the club's mountain bike rides, this is an opportunity for you entirely free of cost.
Another reason for me bringing this to the attention of the club as a whole is that 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.

Why not come along, even if you don't join the mtb ride you will be able to try out different makes of bikes, both mtb and road.  I am sure you will be impressed and see the many benefits of an electric assist bike.

To save time on arrival, and for mtb riders to make sure you get your hand on one of those brilliant Scott mtbs give Paul a ring 07483901529 or e mail him to  Let him know what you are interested in:

Scott e-Genius 710 (Shimano)
Scott e-strike 920 (Bosch)

and your frame size etc. I know you will have a super day.
Cheers and best wishes, Bill.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mountain bike for sale

Mountain bike for Sale - Malcolm Cox

See the details below, Malcolm is selling his carbon  mountain  bike. If you are interested contact him by text on the listed number.

Canyon Lux CF 9.9   £799

Carbon 29er full sus mountain bike. Rockshox CID forks. 100mm travel. Rockshox Monarch XX rear shock. Sram XO brakes with twist grip. Swiss DT wheels. Thru axles. 11-36 ten speed cassette. Double chain wheels. Carbon cranks. Size large. Suit someone around 5’10” tall. Two points to note:- The right hand crank has had a repair from a pedal strike and there is some scuffing on the bars from strapping a bar bag on them. See photos.  This is a very light bike which is just over 5 years old but which has only been ridden once in the last 2 ½ years. I have gone electric!!   Located near Arnside, Cumbria.  Asking £799 but will consider sensible offers. Contact Malcolm Cox on 07384328411 by text please.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Chesters by the River - Talks

Ghyllside Cycles have a couple more talks coming up at Chesters by the River which we thought some KDCS member s may be interested in

These are

Tuesday 26th Feb
Ann Wilson - A Senior Cyclist Tours the World

At the age of 59, Ann decided that there was no time like the present and gave up her job to cycle round the world.

The trip began as an open ended round the World cycle in an Easterly direction and Ann finished having covered 1000miles.

There were several challenges along the way to deal with, but what stood out for Ann was the depth of human kindness she experienced throughout her travels.

Saturday 30th March

The Worlds Longest Climb

Start: Dead Sea 420m below sea level

Finish: Summit Mt Everest

Paulines story will take you from the team’s starting point at the Dead Sea in Jordan, through Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal and finally to Everest Base Camp in Tibet. There, they exchanged bikes for crampons and climbed the great mountain itself.

Pauline puts the secret of their success down to ‘lots and lots of laughter, positive attitude and belief in the goal’.

Info for both talks can be found at

All talks include a drink and Pizza Meal in the ticket cost.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Minutes of the KDCS Committee Meeting 23/1/19

Minutes of the KDCS Committee meeting held 23/1/19

Attendees - Steve Warner, Anne Brooks, Martin Slader, Brian Woodward, Dave Wills, Mike Pezet.

As Chairman Steve welcomed all to the meeting and thanked everyone for making it a very successful year for KDCS. He appreciates the amount of work put in to provide members with a great range of regular rides and social events. The Christmas meal was initially oversubscribed demonstrating the support we enjoy from our members and we have had high numbers out on our rides during 2018.

1.   Finance Report and move to a modern on line account

Martin advised that we have £337.18p in our Skipton Account. This account can be accessed at Branch level only and requires any 2 of our 3 named signatories for withdrawals. A recent donation of £10 was made to a non passbook holder and the process to pay it in was a little long winded. Further expected expenditure for 2019 is a small sum of £23.98 to cover the KDCS domain name for the next 2 years plus the Cycling Uk ride leaders insurance of circa £75.  It was agreed that we now need a more modern account that gives an on line facility. Following subsequent enquiries with the Skipton it was confirmed that there is the facility for members to pay monies into the account on line using the BACS method. There is however the need to provide the title KDCS, the branch account number, our account number and sort code. There is no facility for a reference name so members would need to e-mail a named committee member to advise of any payments made. All amounts will appear in the passbook once it is updated. Given that we have such an on line pay in facility there is no need to change our account.

2.    Income generation

Given that we will be left with just over £200 in our account after this years costs it was agreed that we need to generate further capital. All stated that they were not in favour of charging a joining fee or collect annual subs but rather that we seek to raise the money through a voluntary appeal supplemented if necessary by requesting a small top up to next years Christmas meal cost. There was a debate around requesting donations at social events and whilst this is to be considered it was felt we needed the direct appeal as this would go out to all members not just those attending events. The introduction of an on line account would also assist in facilitating such payments.

 3.    Membership awareness

Mike advised that we had around 14 new members last year quite a few being MTB riders. Anne advised we have over 120 members in total. All agreed that we are a unique club that appeals to people not wanting to join the more competing type club such as KCC etc. Mike has an article shortly going into the widely circulated ‘in focus’ magazine and we agreed that there wasn’t a need to formally advertise wider.

4.    Social Events

It was agreed that we should aim for 4 quarterly social events again this year but that we should also seek to introduce talks / slide shows appealing to members who would like share their experiences. A suitable venue at nil / low cost to be sought for this. Some members put on quirky rides last year
including a trip to a pizza venue and an Arnside Fireworks ride. These additional trips just add to the great ride experiences provided for members and it will be left to individual members to decide whether they want to put such events on.

5.     Additional trips

The MTB Group have already met to plan a range of multi day trips but in addition there will be an all comers long weekend trip to North Yorkshire in June this year. Members who wish to organise any additional trips are welcome to do so.

6.      Authorisation of content for the website,Facebook site and e- mails to members and layout of our web pagesFollowing last years changes in data protection we have already advised members that content and communications will be appropriate, relevant and kept to a minimum. The regular monthly newsletter issued by Anne provides relevant and up to date news as well as ride details. It will not include members contact numbers or e- mail addresses unless permission has been given. After discussion we agreed that some posts were more appropriate for the website rather than by e-mail to all members and that we need to ensure we are not contravening data protection principles on content sent to members.

In terms of layout it was noted that our front page (LHS) should be used for details of immediate and at times urgent information. These posts often go out of date quickly although several posts have been removed / archived recently resulting in the top post being quite out of date. Dave to look at layout options that could facilitate sale items / archive / delete options.
The issue of ride reports was raised. Bill Jackson recently produced a good article covering a ride organised in conjunction with a Kirkby Stephen based e- bike business. It was agreed that whilst ride reports are interesting they should be on a voluntary basis only. Dave will look at a location for such
reports whilst reviewing layout options.

Some of the news could have their own dedicated pages with links from the front page. We may perhaps need to write to members if we make changes to offer direction on where to find items include recipes, bike shops, mechanical services etc.

7.     Any other business

There being no other business the meeting was brought to a close.

Steve Warner
Chairman of KDCS

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ride Report - MTB Kirkby Stephen November 8th 2018

Hi KDCS riders,

 I keep looking at our web site but always feel that we are short of news on rides that have already taken place. So, here goes, a short ride report of our last Mountain Bike ride from Hartley nr Kirkby Stephen on Nov 8th.

The bike shop van

The ride started from Eden e Motion electric bike shop at Hartley nr Kirkby Stephen.
CA174JA. It was led by Mike Sunderland, KDCS MTB member, and the owner of Eden e Motion, Paul Clow. 14 kdcs riders turned up and then Paul and another friend joined the ride giving us a total of 16 riders. On arrival at the start we were welcomed by  coffee and sausage rolls for a pre ride treat.

Mike and Paul had organised a challenging mountain bike ride but with a generous addition. Paul had made available all the e bikes in his extensive stock for us to try, including three brand new 2019 Scott Genius full suspension bikes value £5000 each. Riders were encouraged to try these but, in addition, three lucky riders got them to use for the whole ride.

The route was Mallerstang, Wild Boar Fell, Pennine Bridleway, Fell End, Tommy Rd and back via Mallerstang valley , Pendragon and Lammerset, about 18 miles.

It was already raining as the ride got underway, the going was wet, muddy and slippery in places. We had only covered a couple of miles when Mike brought the ride to a stop informing us that he was going to treat us to some poetry readings along parts of the ride.

Mike reading poetry

The poems were written by poet Meg Peacock and there is one for each month of the year. They are carved into huge stones along the side of the tracks, and  reflect and celebrate the landscape of the Eden Valley. Even with the rain creeping down our necks these were humorous stops.

The climb up Wild Boar Fell was perhaps the highlight of the ride. It is a steep climb with a fairly rough and slippery surface and water crossing it in several places. The ascent is continuous right up to High Dolphinsty at about 1600 ft. Here we came to a stone wall which give us a little shelter from the strong wind and rain. Great place for lunch.

The ride down to the Mallerstang Valley was steep and slippery with mud covering the trail for much of the way. Then it was back via Pendragon and Lammerset. At Kirkby Stephen we took the disused railway track, now a beautiful walk / cycle way over the fabulous Podgill and Merrigill viaducts back to Hartley.

On arrival back at Eden e Motion Paul had organised a bike wash, then further refreshment, tea, coffee and lots of lovely sandwiches and cakes for us to enjoy
The bike shop at Hartley Fold

Despite the weather, it was a great day. Lots of fun, a challenging ride and huge generosity from our host Paul. Many thanks to our leader of the day Mike, for his unstoppable humour and fun enjoyed by all.

Paul would be pleased to meet any KDCS members who might be interested in buying an e bike. He has an extensive stock from many different manufacturers, and of course, lets you try before you buy.

Paul discussing bike options.

ps. I will tell you about some more rides in the future. Cheers for now. Bill.

Eden e Motion.  Web   Tel 07483 901529.