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.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

North York Moors Cycling Trip; 19 - 21 April 2013

Many of KDCS and friends arrived on a very sunny Friday evening to the picturesque village of Glaisdale on Friday. The more active had cycled over – from Kendal, Leyburn and even Nelson in Lancashire and deserved a well earned rest in the evening. Others had explored the locality during Friday daytime.

A gentle ride round the dale as the sun set – and up the first climb of the weekend – many more to come – gave us a bit of a understanding of how severe some of the North York Moors hills really are.

Saturday morning saw 6 folk head over to the coast – Whitby and surrounding area, for a beach filled day of exploring. Another 14 headed off toward Cropton Forrest via Wheeldale Moor – with two massive climbs at Egton Bridge before the day had really got under way. From Cropton, some people opted to visit Pickering and take the North York Moors railway back to Goathland – with another steep hill or two back to Glaisdale; others had a sunny lunch stop in the quaint village of Hutton-Le-Hole or nearby Cropton pub & brewery – with a beer festival kindly arranged for Mr Rose.
The afternoon saw three routes back to Glaisdale, via places like Rosedale Abbey (descending the famous Rosedale Chimney), Blakey Ridge and a lovely valet called “Fryup Dale”. We all met up for an evening meal in the Arncliffe Arms – and people planned various rides and activities on Sunday to suit their own timescales for returning. Jamie and I did a superb off-road route across the moors on shooting tracks and an old railway track on cross bikes.

 The above picture is Bank House Farm across Glaisdale – and it genuinely looked like this – (possibly a little less green on trees) when we arrived and stayed like this all weekend!

 Below a few pictures to show you some of the fun which was had!

 Jo MacDonald

These photos can also be viewed, copied and downloaded on Flickr at: 

Lunch on the grass at Hutton-Le-Hole!

Mark Bazeley heading down into Fryup Dale!

The view heading down into Fryup Dale

More views of Fryup Dale

Farndale from the disused train track on Sunday’s ride

The amazing disused railway on Sunday to Hutton-Le-Hole.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Please note that tomorrow's ride, led by Bill Jackson, has been CANCELLED because of the snow.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sustainability group - opportunity to campaign for our marine environment

Marine Conservation Zone

Our seas need you! Now’s the chance for you to have your say and influence the future of our seas. We have until 31 March 2013 to voice our opinions to the Government and show our support for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

Below is a copy of an email that we wanted to be available to as many people as possible - the item highlighted in red lower down is of interest to all cyclists.

Hello everyone.

Apologies for this email being rather long, but as fellow members of the sustainability group, I thought that you would like to know about an important public consultation that is currently being held in relation to proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).  These are essentially nature reserves in the sea; areas where the most damaging activities will be appropriately managed to ensure effective protection of the species and habitats within the reserve.

Disappointingly, only four of the 19 recommended MCZs in the Irish Sea were put forward for designation in 2013. It is unclear when the remaining sites will be designated and whether damaging activities will be restricted in the meantime

So how do I know about this work?  Well, until fairly recently, I worked for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.  I still keep in close contact with my ex colleagues - hence me learning about this important area of campaign work.  So I hope you don't mind me letting you know about it too? 

If you would like to know more about the marine life in our coastal waters and why we need to lobby for its protection, then please follow the link below. 

The website also has a smashing little video and further information about the issues, including how you can help the campaign.

I hope you find this of interest that you don't mind me emailing you about it.  I think that its a great way of acting upon our commitment to sustainability as it concerns the future viability of our marine environment as well as fish stocks and associated wildlife habitats.  

I have just sent a petition letter and it was very easy.  I have also copied the text as a word document - see attached and plan to send it to Tim Farron.

In friendship ....and apologies if you are already aware of this work.

ps.  Morecambe Bay Partnership is also holding its AGM in Grange-over-Sands on the 26th March 2013.
Speakers include:
  • Sustrans on the Bay Cycle Way - our plans to connect and sign a 200 Km long cycle route
  • Peter Fendley of the National Grid
  • Maddi Nicholson of Art Gene talking about the creative work that is giving the Ship Inn on Piel Island a new contemporary resonance and other work with Coastal Communities in the NE.
  • Walter Menzies and James Rebanks looking at the Morecambe Bay and other Local Nature Partnerships in the North West
  • Peter Caton - Author of "No Boat Required"

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Adele Aiming High

This sounds like an interesting evening and  in a very good cause. Jackie Bateman asked us to publicise this event which she is helping to organise at the Lakes school, for a little boy who has cerebral palsy and also CPCumbria who support those with cerebral palsy.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Latest on North York Moors trip (April 2013)

Hi all

Jo has just emailed the latest plan for this weekend of cycling and socialising based in Glaisdale  in the North York Moors. A choice of three routes is suggested for the Saturday, with the Sunday morning rides to be planned on Saturday night. Some folk are going early, some are cycling part of the way there and there may be lifts available.

Click here to download the latest info as a PDF.