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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, November 27, 2017

Message from the Chairman

 Hi all KDCS members

As I start my second term as KDCS Chairman I thought I would just give you some background information on where we are at this time. First of all there have been a few personnel changes that are being phased in:

Chairman - Steve Warner
Membership Secretary - Mike Pezet
Social Secretary - Dave Wills
Rides co-ordinator and mailing list / news - Anne Brooks
Finance Manager - Martin Slader
Website manager - Dave Wills
Website access team - Dave Wills, Anne Brooks, Neil Hazlehurst, (Steve Warner, Brian Woodward)

As we look forward to 2018 we will be holding a committee meeting to discuss future direction, publicity, membership, finance and our aims and goals. Providing a wide range of rides will of course be fundamental and a priority. We hope that members will continue to support the club to ensure we are an active cycle group in Kendal for many more years to come. We also welcome any thoughts or suggestions that you might like to put forward. In particular we want members to volunteer to lead more rides this year to avoid too many ‘ meet at Kendal Leisure Centre to be decided on the day’ rides.

The Kendal Cycling Club is a fast developing group but we are not seeking to compete with them as we believe we are a unique club that caters for cyclists of all class and pace. The development of the ‘easy rides ‘ and MTB rides has been an added benefit for members. Joining the club has remained free for many years now to encourage membership. This has been possible because we hold a small residual fund that has allowed us to pay for the website costs and Cycling UK ( previously CTC ) ride leaders insurance etc. Our initial thought is that we will continue to offer free membership and propose generating any finance needs through social initiatives, raffles etc.

 In the early years of the club we were actively involved in developing cycling in the Kendal area, campaigning for cycle paths and even funding bike racks. Whilst we will continue to encourage members to offer opinion and submissions on change proposals from the likes of  Cycling UK, LDNP, SLDC etc. we won’t be appointing anyone to lead on campaigning specifically. Please remember that we run the club through enthusiastic volunteers and without them there would be no KDCS so your support is essential.

 I would also like to thank those who have kept the group going through the years including those that have relinquished their roles. That of course includes all of you who have lead rides over the past year.  Finally I look forward to joining you all at the KDCS Christmas meal.

Steve Warner

Monday, October 30, 2017

Consultation on the Public Right of Way status of four sections of the Old Shap Road

From: Nick Thorne <>

Subject: RE: Consultation on the Public Right of Way status of four sections of the Old Shap Road

Sent: 05 October 2017 12:14

Dear consultee

Potential modification of bridleways 585023, 523003, 523005, 361005, 355001, and 361004 – The Old Shap Road  Parishes of Whitwell & Selside, Fawcett Forest, Shap Rural, and Orton

We have received an application from the Cumbria Trail Riders Fellowship to record sections of the Old Shap Road as ‘Byways Open to All Traffic’.  The four sections of this route affected are shown on the enclosed map.

This application has been sent to us as the authority that looks after the rights of way in the National Park.  We maintain and manage the network, but also look after the definitive map – which shows all the footpaths, bridleways, and byways.  This means that we have to investigate any claims that amendments should be made.

I must stress at this point that this application has not come from the Authority, but from the applicant themselves

The basis behind the application was that the old turnpike road was a public carriage road, which has never actually been closed – merely superseded by the modern A6.  And on the premise of ‘once a highway, always a highway’ that it therefore still remains as a public carriage road – and that it has been incorrectly shown on the definitive map of public rights of way as a public bridleway.

We have carried out various pieces of research, and it does indeed seem as though the old turnpike road still carries public carriage rights.  However, since the advent of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act in 2006, any mechanically propelled vehicular rights (motorbikes, 4x4s) have probably been extinguished – leaving ‘carriage’ to basically mean horse and cart.

It therefore seems as though it is likely that the correct status of the Old Shap Road is a ‘Restricted Byway’ – which means all traffic except that which is mechanically propelled (motor vehicles).

I am hoping to take the matter to our Rights of Way Committee early next year, but before then I would very much appreciate any information or evidence you have as to any of these sections of the Old Shap Road.  Such as, any knowledge of the history of the route, or documents you hold or know about – together with any information as to usage of the route over the last 40-50 years or so – such as whether they have been used by motorbikes, 4x4s, horses, pedal cycles and so on.

The matter will be determined on the evidence, both documentary and user – as to what the public status is.  Issues such as suitability of the route for any particular user, or the desirability of any such use are not matters that we are allowed to take into account.

If you are able to forward any information or your views and responses before the 7th November 2017, it would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Nick Thorne
Countryside Access Adviser
Lake District National Park Authority
Direct 01539 792621

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