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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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Friday evening ride with Martin Slader - 27th May

Join  Martin Slader for an evening ride on Friday, meeting Windermere Station at 7pm (to meet train from Kendal) or Ferry Nab at 7.30 for a ride along the lakeshore track to Wray Castle, returning along Esthwaite Water with a pub stop in Sawrey.
Return will be in plenty of time for the last train back to Kendal.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cycling Comedy Show at the Brewery Arts Centre

You may be interested in a show at the upcoming Freerange Comedy Festival at the Brewery Arts..?

Lance is a hilarious show about a Yorkshire lad’s dreams, aspirations, betrayal and redemption, which the Guardian tagged as an ‘absolute gem of a comedy show’..!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cycle Infrastructure proposals-CCC are seeking comments from local cyclists

I’ve now obtained a link to the draft proposals for the routes along Burton Road and Shap Roads. 
CCC are seeking comments from local cyclists on these; 

there is a feedback form on the web site.  

If you didn't manage to get to the event at the Town Hall this afternoon where the proposals were on display, you can also see them from the links in our earlier post - Kendal Infrastructure Improvement - or send comments to me (   and I’ll collate them and send them to the relevant contact.

Thanks Liz

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kendal Infrastructure Improvement - Consultation event 18th March

Kendal Infrastructure Improvement - Consultation event

Please see details of a drop in event at Kendal Town Hall on Friday 18th March for consultation on the proposed cycle routes on Shap and Burton Roads in Kendal below.  It’s great to see firm proposals for this; interested people can either attend the event, or send comments to me (   and I’ll collate them and send them to the relevant contact.

 I’ve put the pdf files on my Dropbox and the link to them is below, so you can use this link and folks can download them.  They’re not big, so shouldn’t cause problems for people.

Liz Ashburn
South Lakes Cycle Forum


Information from Owen David, Project Lead, Environment & Community Services, Cumbria County Council
Park house Building, Kingmoor Park, Carlisle, Cumbria | CA6 4SJ

Kendal Infrastructure Improvement - Consultation drop in  event drop on the 18 March between 2pm and 6pm at Kendal Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal LA9 4DL.

This event is a drop event is part of the Cumbria LEP’s Growth Deal allocation.  £2.3 million was identified for the delivery of a number of infrastructure improvements in Kendal. Infrastructure improvements will support the anticipated growth in the area as identified in South Lakeland District Council’s Local Plan.

Cumbria County Council are delivering the infrastructure improvements on behalf of Cumbria LEP. As part of this package of works, Cumbria County Council have developed two significant cycling infrastructure schemes. 

These two schemes are;

The North Kendal Cycle Route, running the length of Shap Road from Morrison’s into the town centre; and
The A65 Burton Road Route, running from Oxenholme to Kirkbie Kendal School

This will provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed cycle schemes and to comment on scheme detail.  These comments will then feed into the detailed design of the schemes.  We are currently looking at construction starting late Autumn 2016 completing Spring 2017.

Drawings of the planned cycle schemes for your information are also available by emailing -

190 mile Lakes & Dales Loop unveiled for cyclists

If you've kept seeing signs for "L & D Loop", and wondered what it is -
it is a 190 mile cycle route taking in two National Parks and some of the most scenic landscapes across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales and officially unveiled on Thursday March 8th

L&D Loop, Orton

The Lakes & Dales Loop   cycle route allows people to get up close to Cumbria’s spectacular landscapes. Using quiet country lanes, the route takes in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley, Morecambe Bay, and West Cumbria. 

A spectacular, 196-mile on-road cycle route through the best of Cumbria’s countryside.

More information  -

Thursday, February 11, 2016

KDCS ride Saturday 13th Feb 2016 Start Kendal Leisure Centre 10.00 30 miles

Kitridding (near Old Town) and Beetham (near Milnthorpe) tearoom

This is a change of plan from the original proposed 36 mile ride to Kirkby Lonsdale.
Following the closure of St Sundays Bridge on the B6254 Kendal – Old Hutton – Old Town – Kirby Lonsdale road, visitors to Kitridding farm shop/ tearoom are effectively zero due to the lack of passing traffic. This ride is now planned to go there, and at least provide a small amount of support.

From the Leisure Centre the route goes through Natland to Crosscrake, Halfpenny Lane and Gatebeck, then heading south to Preston Patrick Hall. From here there is a steady and quite steep climb up to near Warth and beyond (north-east and then east), then flattening to Row Farm and nearby Kitridding teashop, at 11 miles.

The middle part of the route goes south to the A65, leaving it after a ¼ mile to Farleton and over the M6 and B6384 to Beetham and the tea shop at the old post office, at 20 miles.

The return to Kendal is simply north through Dallam Park, then the mosses and under the bypass to Sedgwick and back.

There are plenty of alternatives should people not want to do the full route. From Kitridding there is a nice easy return (20 miles total), and lots on the lanes before Beetham.

Ride leader : Mark Bazeley.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Satruday's Light up the Lake Ride

The ride will go ahead on Saturday – little more info for anyone considering joining. Not a regular weekend ride folks! (so if you need some real cycling – why not cycle to Windermere earlier? If Windermere Ferry is not running for any reason, we will move start to Ambleside Rugby Club. (There is little reliable info on-line as to whether it’s running, except checking the ferry cam- thanks to Bill for this tip J) I will be heading over earlier (with car – let me know if you need anything take over) – so if you want me to text you to confirm ferry’s running – please let me know! We’ll head off from start when we get off ferry, and meander rounds west of lake – Sawrey/ Hawkshead/ Wray etc. Aim will be pop lights along the Claife track from about 4 pm, and either have picnic tea at Claife viewing station before trying to go along the route and enjoy our lighting effect or after depending on how the weather’s doing and people’s return plans. I will bring along some vegetable stew & warm up if anyone would like. (possibly not in my pannier thoJ) We’ll need to sort picking lights up before heading off. Options to join ride at 1.30 – or just come along later for the lights / picnic bit – Obviously it would help if I have an idea if who might come along – and please do bring along fairy lights, tea lights in jars, glow sticks etc. Thanks Jo