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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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Tempting recipes ......

Have you notice the recipe section, on the right hand side under - More Information ?

Tim has just sent a banana trail cake recipe to join the two flapjack recipes, all sound very tasty and a great way to keep the wheels rolling.

  • Cycling essentials - 
  • multi tool
  • puncture outfit 
  • and Phil's flapjack ? 
  • e-mail any of your favourite recipes suitable for cyclists  to -

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Workshop Tutorials

Wheelbase have three Workshop Tutorials planned, they are geared towards beginners and intermediate cyclists who want to be confident with roadside repairs and basic home maintenance.
Lessons start at 7pm prompt and ends around 9pm. Biscuits and brews provided!

Tuesday 22 November 2016 
  • Wheel fitting and removal
  • Punctures
  • Tyre removal and seating
  • Hubs

Tuesday 29 November 2016
  • Causes of poor braking
  • Trouble shooting
  • Fitting new blocks
  • Setting and adjustment

Tuesday 06 December 2016

  • Causes of poor shifting
  • Degreasing & Trouble shooting
  • Chain wear, Split chain
  • Setting and adjustment

Each lesson costs £15 or all 3 lessons for £40

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bikes and Beers in Pacific NW of USA - From Lesley
Having recently returned from a holiday in the Pacific NW of USA (Washington State and Oregon), I thought I’d share a few photos which I hope will be of interest to KDCS members …as cyclists and beer drinkers!  Just click here (you should not need a DropBox account).
Our focus was walking in the fabulous Cascade Mountains rather than cycling.  However, the cities of Seattle and Portland are both pretty bike friendly, with bike lanes and facilities to easily transport bikes on buses and trams.
The region is famous for its craft ales, and I don’t think we had a bad pint (or half pint in my case!) all trip.  However, the beer is not cheap ……particularly given the current $ / £ exchange rate.   The cost of a US pint ranged from $5.50 to $8 / $9.  On top of that, a US pint is not a full pint, being 18 fl oz rather than our 20 fl oz.  So best not to think about these things and just enjoy!  McMenamins is a chain of pubs and motels worth checking out if you get to Oregon.  Incidentally, food in supermarkets was also astoundingly expensive.
As for tea shops as you cycle (or drive), these seem to be few and far between except in the big towns and cities.   It was in fact easier to find cannabis cafes on route ……and no we didn’t indulge! 
Lesley H
PS Last photo for amusement - no explanation necessary

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Towpath Trail Roadshow starts 5th October

The Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership is developing a programme to create a Towpath Trail between Kendal and Lancaster. We are keen to make it accessible for cyclists. 

Information outlining how and why LCRP are pursuing this programme and details of drop in events taking place between the 5th and 18th of October. 

Please share with your networks, we'd appreciate as much input as possible via attendance at the Roadshows and or by completing the survey available here. to demonstrate support for the development. 

Many Thanks, 

Helen Moriarty
LCRP Project Manager
07533 552 066

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time for a Social – Tuesday 1st November !


Sadly Simon’s popular Easy Tuesday rides have come to an end and we thought it would be a good idea to repeat the Pedro’s Kendal meal that we did a couple of years ago.  

The date is Tuesday 1st November 7.15pm for 7.30pm.  I have provisionally booked the back room we had last time, they prefer we opt for the sharing menu at £15 per head with gluten free and vegetarian options.  The current menu is shown below, zoom in, download as a PDF file from this link -  Pedro's Kendal Menu   
If interested please email  by 11th October to secure a place.  
Advance payment is required which I will co-ordinate along with any special dietary requirements - in the meantime put the date in your diary !! 
Christine Wood (Windermere)

Pedro's Kendal Menu

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kielder Trip Update

Wednesday/Thursday, October 12/13th 2016

Thank you to everyone who has reserved a place on the trip so far, and there are more places available if any one else would like to come. It's not too late to book.

For all Kielder Forest Park information including cycling, walking, star gazing, wildlife, coffee shops, fishing and sailing, follow the link here: where you can also download a KFP map.

Provisional program:
  • Wednesday 12.00hrs: meet at Tower Knowe visitor Centre, Kielder for afternoon ride around the lake with coffee stop at Kielder Castle visitor centre. suitable for MTBs and road bikes
  • Wed 5pm arrive and settle in to Tarset Tor. Choice of eating in or out
  • Thursday: MTB groups to explore Kielder single tracks and forest roads. Road bikes to sort own ride for the day
  • Thursday evening: Kielder Observatory trip, or evening meal out
  • Friday: further half day ride for those still enthusiastic, before heading home.
It would be fine for other KDCS members to join us for a day or part of a day, if you don't want to stay overnight, but please let me know if you intend to come.

Some of us have already booked in to visit the Kielder Observatory. It is popular and books up well in advance. Wednesday evening is already fully booked, but there are places available for the Thursday evening "Night Sky Safari". Info and booking here:
Our accommodation at Tarset Tor is in the main, basic but modern, eco bunkhouse in 4 x 4/5 bedded bunk rooms, illustrated here: . There is also further accommodation in the 8-bed 'bothies' (for rental at £125 each per night), if needed. I have arranged with TT that we can pay for our stay on arrival with cash or card.

Any questions or bookings, please contact me

Tim Goffe
my contact details on previous Kielder notice

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