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Monday, December 15, 2014

Winner of the Cafe Award for 2014

For those who were not at the Christmas Dinner, the cafe that won the vote this year was the Brief Encounter cafe on Carnforth station.  The first ride in January next year is going there to present them with the trophy.  

KDCS Christmas ride

 Photo's from the KDCS Xmas ride to the Watermill at Ings.

It was a little icy but we managed to get there safely. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Global Fat Bike Day

Saturday 6th December 2014 - Global Fat Bike Day - Ambleside ride from Ghyllside cycles

20 folk met up at Ghyllside cycles on a cold Saturday morning, and were welcomed with coffee and Fat bikes. Some had gone to try riding a fat bike with a test ride on a demo bike, others had gone to support the event on their own fat bikes. There were plenty of Fatties, carbon, spes', on-ones and even a 29er+ with 3" tyres; so 3-5" tyres on 20 bikes did look a sight riding through Ambleside. Some local riders and also some who had travelled from away and one dog in support!

Route went something like this, head out of Ambleside and climb up and over Loughrigg, you maybe know the warm up climb past the old golf course club house. Then 3 punctures on the way down, you have to watch out for the gutters. All fixed and off down to Skelwith, stay on the lower lanes, and up to Sunny Brow and the Mountain Road behind Tarn Howes,and onto Hodge close, the slate run, past the playground and over the ford and Lunch at the Three Shires pub sandwiches and chips laid on for 20 bikers and chance to warm up and chat inside, good lunch. 

Back via Elterwater, up past High Close, drop down to the beach at the south end of Grasmere, explored some of the new cycles tracks and over bridge, along trees and river and back over the new bridge and up to the caves. The descent down is rocky and testing, then back along the lanes to Ambleside and more coffee and cake to end. A great ride out on FATTIES, even the damp mist could not dampen the spirit.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

29 Brilliant Ways Yorkshire Welcomed The Tour De France

1. This encouraging message scrawled on a steep hill climb.

The world’s best cycling race started in Yorkshire and they put on a great show.

Link to the other 28 Brilliant Ways Yorkshire Welcomed The Tour De France. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bike and Boat service from Windermere Lake Cruises

The in-roads to Lake Windermere, especially from the south, are very narrow and cyclists may feel unsafe riding along them with the amount of traffic we have here, so Windermere Lake Cruises have endeavored to make things easier  by running a Bike Bus service from Haverthwaite at the south end and Kelsick Road, Ambleside from the north end with stops along the way at the various attractions. They are also sailing a Bike Boat so that you can cross over to the other side of the lake from Brockhole to Wray Castle boathouse jetty or vice-versa.

This service will be daily 20th July 2013 - 31st August 2013 and at weekends 4th May 2013 - 29th September 2013

Bike Boat Fares

(2 ad & 3 ch)

Link to - Bike Boat - more information

Monday, July 21, 2014

NOTE- Change to KDCS RIDE on 27 July

With reference to the ride on Sunday 27 July, I’ve been giving this some thought and wish to bring the start time forward to 9.30 at Kendal Leisure Centre. 
This will allow a multi length ride for people and options through the day. Pace will be moderate. 
In the morning we will head over the Helm and in the direction of Patton Bridge, then heading west, to Staveley – for a break after about 17.5 miles. 
Break 1 will be around Wilfs/ Hawkshead Brewery somewhere between 11 and 11.30. 
From there we will head south and east, ending up at Sizergh for lunch. Options here are Sizergh Castle tea room; Low Sizergh Barn or the Strickland Arms. This is another 11 or 12 miles depending on which route.
We will head back toward Kendal via Sedgwick, and for people who wish to return to Kendal, the ride will total around 29 – 30 miles by continuing back to the Leisure Centre, arriving back somewhere after 2.00pm
If the weather remains great, and anyone else wishes to extend the route, we will turn east after Sedgwick (off Natland Road), via Crosscrake and Stainton – looping back north via Gatebeck and continue as far as people feel appropriate given weather and time etc before dropping back into Kendal. We may put an afternoon stop in depending on times etc.
People are welcome to join at Staveley or Sizergh if they wish, but please contact me before hand if they intend to do so, so that I know if we need to wait / meet at certain venue / time. (e-mail or text pls)
Huge thanks – hope you had a great weekend – what amazing weather !!
See you soon
mobile: 07834 729951

Jo MacDonald

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

French themed Barbeque in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

Last week’s gathering acknowledging Le Tour, was a great success.
Upwards of 40 people turned up at Brian Woodward’s home which he had generously made available for the event.

Brian, together with Chris and Janice Rowley had spent time getting things ready, including the naturally fired barbecue, and people turned up with all sorts of exotic and tasty foods and drinks, many of which had a French or Yorkshire connection.
Alan Beecham had transported his keyboard, amp and speakers all the way from Arnside to provide a seamless, musical background with a predominantly French flavour. Dave Wills gave us an interlude on his guitar, which he had brought, at phenomenal expense, all the way from Oxenholme.

In addition to the festivities, we had Special Guest, Mike Dagley, presently the Coordinator of Volunteers for Sustrans. Mike mingled with the group, telling us about progress to establish the Morecambe Bay Cycleway Project, which may involve KDCS people trialling aspects of the route during a period to be arranged later this year. Mike was very pleased that he had made contact with KDCS. It is important that we align with Morecambe Bay Partnership, SLACC and AtoG on cycling projects to have input and give strength to acceptable proposals. Although Mike will shortly be made redundant, we hope to continue the link with Sustrans through Nicky Wingfield.

As the evening progressed, the atmosphere became more convivial, and it was noticeable that Chris, manning the hot barbecue, acquired an increasing ruddiness to his cheeks - unless it was rouge? Alan was resplendently attired with beret and cravat, as a matelot of the sort you regularly see frequenting the bars of French fishing villages. Others, who had managed to get a glimpse of Le Tour in Yorkshire were proudly showing off their colourful red spotted caps, yellow T-shirts and other memorabilia. There were one or two ladies whom I did not recognise at first. A number of people asked me how news of our event could have filtered through to the shadier arondissements of Paris...........Alors! The wonder of t’internet!

Once again, thanks not only to Brian, Chris, Janice, Alan, Dave, not forgetting Jo and Jamie who loaned us the Barbecue, but also, in the tradition of the Leeds City Varieties, mainly Yourselves!

And finally! As the result of everyone’s generosity, the figure raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care is £260. Many thanks to you all. For a small group, this certainly exceeds expectations. Chris has deposited the money in the Marie Curie Account and I am forwarding a copy of this email to Alison Currie, the local Marie Curie Fundraiser for Lancashire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man.

Kind Regards

Andrew Judson
KDCS Chaisehomme

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Welcome to Yorkshire......watch on TV perhaps?

The Tour de France - Grand Depart - 

and a thrilling viewing prospect with the route just about on our doorstep.

Make sure to check out -

Yorkshire Grand Depart 

Stage 1 Route

Stage 2 Route

Welcome to Yorkshire -

If you plan to go and see the race then make sure to check out the -

road closures here

an interactive map that can show road closures, traffic restrictions, public transport.

Note some roads are closed from 18.00 on Friday the 4th July!

Stolen Cannondale Tandem

A couple who regularly ride the Lakeland Lanequests have had their tandem stolen,  this is being  circulated just in case of a sighting

STOLEN: We’ve had our Tandem stolen this morning in the Lytham St Annes area, 

it's very distinctive, white with large red lettering 'CANNONDALE', four red bottle cages, any sightings?

Andy -  07736810387

Friday, June 20, 2014

French Themed Barbecue - Wednesday 9th July 7:00pm

In Brian Woodward's Garden at Cooperthwaite, Windermere Road, Kendal. 


 French Themed Barbecue 

Wednesday 9th July  7:00pm (16th if wet)  

  • The event is in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.   
  • It is a Jacobs Join with a French Theme where possible.  
  • The event includes music by Alan  Beecham and friends plus  Dave Wills and his guitar.   
  • Other offers of entertainment welcome.    
  • Donations on the night to Marie Curie Cancer Care.   
If you are coming please email chrisrowley@phonecoop.coop by July 1st.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


There has been a change of Richards ride on Sunday the 29th June as it was going to be a very similar ride to that Jo lead last Sunday. The ride will now be to and from Woodies cafe at Crook of Lune, the destination being Glasson Dock - full details to follow.

Jack Ellerby - Lands End to John O'Groats sponsored ride July-Aug

Many of you will know the long standing KDCS member Jack (Ellerby) who has asked me to ask you to consider sponsoring him on his forthcoming LeJog. Also please put in your diary that Jack has invited us to join him on all or part of his ride through Cumbria on Sunday the 3rd August.

 Lands End to John O'Groats sponsored ride July-Aug 
Dear personal and work Friends
Having some time on my hands in between finishing at Friends of the Lake District (end of June) and starting self-employed outdoor work in September, I thought I’d do something useful and raise some funds with my good mate Steve for charity. Please sponsor us and pass these links onto your friends and contacts to see if they would like to donate to a good cause. Steve has a facebook page which can do something else which is beyond me, but some of you might know what to do!
Very best wishes and here’s to a dry spell as we cycle 1045 miles (and visit some of you on route!). 
Friends of the Lake District donations:
Jack Ellerby
Policy Officer
Friends of the Lake District  - Protecting Cumbria's Landscapes for future generations
It’s our 80th anniversary – help us create new woodlands in the Lake District by buying a tree for your loved ones today

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hardraw, Hawes weekend March 22-23

An update from Hilary..... 

The Hardraw weekend is going ahead with about 20 members all up, in various locations including the bunkhouse and the Green Dragon Inn

There is still plenty of bunkhouse accommodation in the Green Dragon if anyone wants to make a late booking - tel:  01969 667392 - for the eccentric landlord!  

If anyone wants to join us for rides on the day, please turn up at the Old School Bunkhouse (first building on left coming into Hardraw) or at Green Dragon, for 9.30am on Sat or Sunday.  

I plan to set off between 9.30 - 10am depending on how long it takes everyone to have breakfast ....  the weather etc.  We will have a group evening meal at the Green Dragon on Saturday night - all welcome to join in.

Rides are planned to be;-

1. Down Wensleydale to Castle Bolton, over hill to Grinton and Reeth for lunch, back up Swaledale and over Buttertubs - approx 40 miles.

2. Out of Hawes and over Oughtershawside to Cray (White Lion Inn) then Bishopdale to Aysgarth, back up Wensleydale.   Revised versions if weather is bad.

Please note:  I am the co-ordinator of this trip - but not a 'leader' as that has lots of implications for liabilities in case of accidents etc, everyone should be aware of and responsible for their own safety.




An update from Peter .... 

Andrew (J) and I are planning to cycle (weather permitting) to Hawes on Friday returning on Monday.
If anyone would like to join us they would be most welcome. We plan to leave Milnthorpe around 10.00am and the intended  route is:-
    Crooklands, Old Hutton, A684 north of Killington, Sedbergh, Garsdale, Hawes.
Please let Andrew or I know where you would like to meet up with us.
In friendship to all
Peter (R).