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, May 31, 2015

Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels

As an ill child, Beryl Burton was told never to exercise. And then she met a young cyclist called Charlie: "The first year I pushed her, the second year I rode with her, and the third year she was at the head of the bunch".

BBC iPlayer -Afternoon Drama    (Available until June 20th 2015)

Maxine Peake writes and stars in this true love story of Beryl Burton, a working class mum from Morley in Leeds who, with no financial backing or training, combined farm work with global domination in all areas of cycling competition from the 1950s to 1970s.

Drama is intertwined with contributions from Charlie Burton, now in his 80s, and their cycling champion daughter, Denise Burton Cole. Their perspective provides an intimate, funny and moving portrayal of Beryl, recorded on bikes in various locations around Saddleworth and in Harrogate.

Cast includes residents of Saddleworth as cyclists and Morley Club supporters

Charlie Burton
Denise Burton Cole

If you enjoyed that see also - Beryl Burton - The Yorkshire Dynamo on the BBC World Service-

In 1967, the Yorkshire cyclist, Beryl Burton, set a world record in the 12 hour time trial that stands to this day. It was arguably the greatest in a long list of achievements which also included seven world championships and numerous British records. Many now consider Beryl Burton the best woman cyclist of all time. 
McQuire, of Sparklab Productions, talks to Beryl's husband, Charlie, and cycling commentator, Phil Liggett.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bumper Summer for Morecambe Bay - Launch of Bay Way Cycle Route

Rides on Thurs 11th- Sun 14th June
This has come from the Morecambe Bay Partnership.  We have a KDCS ride planned for Sunday 14th June but how about an additional one for the Saturday to join in with the Sustrans rides.  You need to register so see the link below (note you may have to R-click and select "Open link in new tab" if any of the links doesn't open when you click on them).  Further details also on the Morecambe Bay Partnership website (http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ride - Saturday 16th May

Sarah's Ride round Witherslack loop and area. Start: 10am Kendal LC
Sarah Harrison is leading a shortish, easy ride with a bluebell theme round Witherslack and the Lyth valley starting from the Leisure Centre at 10am. This is different to the previously published route to Barbon. (We'll put that one on the list for later in the year). Lunch stop probably at the Derby Arms at Witherslack, where there is also the Community shop for those that want a snack instead. Distance 25 miles

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ride from Wray to Settle

Saturday, 9 May
 Ride from Bridge House Farm, Wray
WhenSat, 9 May, 10am – 5pm
WhereBridge House Farm, Wray LA2 8QP, United Kingdom (map)
DescriptionMeet at Bridge House Farm, Wray (free public car park) 10.am. The ride follows the Way of the Roses route to Settle. Then we return via a different route back to Wray. Leader Dave Wills. Route details 38 miles http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=417875

Friday, May 01, 2015

The Blog is being updated...

At the moment we are updating and redesigning the site -
please note some of the content may not be up to date or accurate.
For up to date information on KDCS activities please go to our web site  -


The information below about rides is up to date though.

Rides - Saturday/ Sunday May 2/3 + Easy Tuesday May 5

Sat 2nd May - MTB ride from Staveley
Here are the details of a MTB ride that Neil is leading.
It is an option for anyone that would like to go on a mountain bike ride, and has been unable to join us on the Thursday MTB rides.
Meet outside Wilf’s Cafe, Staveley Mill Yard, Staveley - 10 am Saturday  May 2
Plan to ride up the east side of Kentmere valley over into Longseddale to Sadgill and back over into Kentmere and return via Kentmere Hall and the west side of the valley.
Distance around 15 miles.
The route and terrain is real classic MTB riding (and fun) so you need to come with a mountain bike.
Bring a packed lunch, a smile and your sense of adventure.

Sun 3rd May - Decide on the day - Kendal LC 10am
No nominated leader or route for this so just turn up at the Leisure Centre if you fancy a ride and decide on the day.

Easy Tuesdays Start !
Tuesday May 5 
Meet Kendal Leisure Centre at 7pm 
The rides involve a gentle pace and are generally between 12 and 20 miles.
There is no pre-appointed leader for the rides. 
No unaccompanied children please.
Route - South - Oxenholme - Old Hutton - Gatebeck - Summerlands - Halfpenny - Stainton - Crosscrake - Barrows Green

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ride - Sunday 26th April

Martin Slader's about his ride from Windermere Ferry Nab  (10.30am ferry) 

Martin is leading a ride of about 25-30 miles from Ferry Nab.  Be there in time to catch the 10.30am ferry from Windermere.  No more details of the route so it is a mystery tour...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ride - Saturday 18th April - Tebay

More details of Andy's ride from Tebay - Start location:  Tebay at 10am
Meet at Tebay (outside Old School Cafe) at 10am.
Route is via Crosby Ravensworth to Morland (cafe stop), Appleby (lunch stop) and back to Tebay via Sunbiggin Tarn. 35 miles. Hopefully plenty of spring flowers along the way! Suitable for all riders - there are a variety of alternative routes back from Appleby for anyone wanting a shorter day.

Helpful if you can let Andy know if you hope to be there and if you can offer or want a lift to the start: andyandmaggie@talktalk.net or 01539 739119 or 07818552841

Friday, April 10, 2015

Ride on Sunday 12th April - Leighton Moss

More details of Janet's ride to  Leighton Moss start time 9.30am Kendal Leisure Centre.
Janet and Paul are leading a leisurely ride of about 30 miles going via Beetham Garden Centre and Leighton Moss. 
Note start from the Leisure Centre is at 9.30am.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ride on Saturday April 4 - Grange and Cark

More details from Anne about her ride to Grange and Cartmel.
Please note that the details of this were incorrect in the earlier schedules.  The ride is on Easter Saturday (and not Sunday as previously shown).  Two start locations, either Kendal LC at 9.30am or Levens at 10.15am (nr Hare and Hounds pub at the junction with Underhill (the lane onto the flats). Planned route is via Witherslack, Meathrop, Grange (coffee), Kents Bank to Cark (lunch at cafe at garden center if open), then back via Cartmel (alternative lunch stop if first fails), High Newton, Levens, Brigsteer and Kendal.  Distance about 45 miles from Kendal, shorter if you start and end at Levens.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ride Sunday March 22

Ambleside 10 lakes ride - Sun 22nd March. Start Ambleside Rugby Club 10am

This is the old route that we have done several times over the years. It is a 10 lakes tour and takes in the following lakes and Lakeland villages.
Windermere Lake, Blelham Tarn,Wray Castle, Esthwaite Water. Hawkshead, Tarn Hows, Coniston Water, Coniston (Lunch) Yew Tree Tarn,
Elterwater, Loughrigg Tarn, Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water.
This is a sight seeing tour and nobody will be in a hurry, some steep hills  (Hawkshead Hill and up to Tarn Hows). Also two descents which should be treat with care, down from Tarn Hows and Red Bank nr Grasmere, so make sure your brakes are up to it. There are two sections on Sustrans / Go Lakes paths which are unsurfaced, however, these are in good repair and have been renovated very recently, can't see any problem for your bike, if you are worried you can use the road instead. Lunch stop is in Coniston at Hollands internet cafe, those with a picnic can use seating just across the road or if wet in the bus shelter. It will be a great day so look forward to seeing you.
Distance is 30 miles.
 Cheers Bill.
Forgot to mention. Ambleside Rugby Club is a very valuable starting point for KDCS rides, it used to be free but they have installed an honesty box, please respect this and make a contribution to their funds, guide £2.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The open and free club for all things cycling --- rides, routes, events and campaigns

You can find out about all our planned rides on our rides pages. 
  • Our road rides list – free group rides from 25 to 60 miles all year round – to the end of June 2015 (with only a few gaps to fill), is available there.
  • MTB rides to the end of May 2015. Come along and bring your friends! 
  • Chris Rowley is also planning a weekend’s outing to Shropshire at the end of March. Do get in touch with him (chrisrowley@phonecoop.coop) if you want to join us there.
At our Christmas meal we voted once again for this year’s favourite refreshment point for cyclists in the local area. The clear winner (by 13 votes!) was the brilliant Brief Encounter café at Carnforth railway station. The Lunesdale Bakery in Kirkby Lonsdale and The Churchmouse in Barbon were the runners up. And if you’re looking for somewhere to stop when you’re out on two wheels, download a list of KDCS-recommended cafés in the local area by clicking here (Excel spreadsheet) and view (most of) them on a map here

To visit our flickr photo galleryclick here. To contribute, just  email us your KDCS ride photos. There are also lots of interesting cycle-related stories on campaigns, KDCS trips and other useful tips to be found on our blog. We also have a KDCS Facebook group. You can link to it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/911254752264695/ Our Thursday MTB group has a Facebook group, too, which is available here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/478750782192198/ Happy posting (or lurking if that’s more your thing).

KDCS – Affiliated to the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lyth Valley ride - Sat 14th March

Details of Geoff's ride to Lyth Valley, start Kendal Leisure Centre 10am

The ride will be a shortish 30 miles but rather hilly, which should help 
to keep us warm. There will be just one stop at Staveley for a late 11's 
or early lunch. Assuming we get off at 10 then we should be back in 
Kendal around 2:30. We will head north out of Kendal on minor roads 
which will be dirty and pot holed but hopefully quiet and round to 
Staveley. After a break its south to Crook, round towards Whitbarrow before doubling back and home via Brigsteer

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ride to Morecambe - Sunday 8th March

Andrew Judson is leading this ride with details as follows:
Start Points: Kendal Leisure Centre 9.30 am or Olive Tree Cafe, Beetham Road, Milnthorpe 10.15 am for an earlier than usual coffee stop, leaving 10.45am.
A6 to Beetham, then Slack Head, Yealands, Warton, Crag Bank, Canal to Hest Bank and join Promenade to Morecambe for lunch.
(expect to opt out  of continuing to Heysham, unless the weather is particularly settled).
Return from Morecambe to Milnthorpe via Hest Bank, Nether/Over Kellett, Tewitfield, Holme Mills, Holme etc.
Round trip from Milnthorpe approx. 35 miles.
All above subject to change depending on conditions and people’s needs.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ride - Saturday 28th February

Further details from David Armstong of the ride plan for Saturday -
Kendal LC 10am then Oxenholme, Millholme, Killington Reservoir, then over the river to Barbon, Casterton and Kirkby Lonsdale.  Cafe stop at Kirkby Lonsdale. Then across the main A65 road and back via Whittington, Hutton Roof, Farleton, near Milnthorpe and back via Hincaster Sedgwick, Natland. About 30 odd miles.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

*** RIDE CANCELLED *** - Sunday 22nd February


Ride - Sunday 22nd February

Due to the bad weather forecast Chris has decided to cancel this ride.

Start: 10:30am at Settle Railway station - Leader Chris Rowley

Planned as a short 20 mile ride in case of poor weather.   If it is a good day there are  of opportunities to extend it to 25miles.

Start:  10:30 at  Settle Railway station.  (Free Parking in “The Sidings” accessed from behind the station)    Cycle south and east to Rathmell and Wigglesworth with a break at Hellifield Railway Staiton cafe (9miles) . Then Airton, Kirkby Malham and Settle.

If fine we could extend to Malham (16miles) for lunch and return via Langcliffe (25miles)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ride Update - Saturday 14th February

Saturday 14th Feb Start: 9.30am at Kendal LC – leader(s) to be decided on the day

For family reasons, Mark Bazeley is unable to lead the ride on Saturday. 

Details are shown below for those who wish to follow his proposed route. 

The ride from the Leisure Centre at 9.30 on Saturday 14th Feb is to Sedbergh via Docker and Beckfoot and 2 miles of the A684 for an elevenses coffee stop (c 14 miles), then on 8 miles more to Barbon for lunch, then back via the metal bridge over the Lune at Rigmaden and up to Old Hutton and Kendal, c 35 miles in total.

As always it is weather – dependent, going up and down hills.

And in a little more detail........
Unless the committee decide otherwise, the route on Saturday is ultra straightforward – past the station, left at Station Inn, r at x-road, l at Toll Bar, r at Kiln Head, over M6, l down to Beckfoot, r at B6257 to end, l on A684 to Sedbergh (tea), then A683 and back lane to Barbon (lunch), home via metal bridge and whichever way back.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Ride - Sat 7th Feb Start 10:30 at Milnthorpe

Route proposed for Sat 7th Feb 10.30 start Milnthorpe
Milnthorpe, towards Holme, then narrow road to Farleton. Around the N of Farleton Fell, then climb up to Hutton Roof. A little more up hill before we drop via Keerside to Arkholme in the Lune valley. Then Gressingham and the Loyn bridge to Hornby. There is a tea shop there, but I need to check opening times. The fallback is the Greenfoot garden centre in Wray which has a tea shop. Back over the Loyn bridge and Gressingham , then a climb before we drop into the Keer valley, Capernwray chapel, Borwick and through the lanes to Holme Mills and Milnthorpe.Est 30 miles.
This can be extended by returning through Warton, the Yealands and Beetham. Not many options for a shorter route, except to the Greenlands farm teashop at Tewitfield.
Leader: Alan Tyldesley  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Biketreks’ Workshop Classes –

All classes are hands on and delivered in a format that is easy to understand and assumes you have little to no technical knowledge.  They won’t blind you with science and they will explain everything again and again until it’s clicked.  They have handy video’s to show you and plenty of help sheets to take away once you leave the class, and they are only at the end of the phone if you need them.

Typically a class is 2 hours long and costs £15 per head and there are generally 4-6 people involved.  As a general guide  run classes on a Sunday 10am to 12pm, but they are flexible if these days do not suit your schedule.  If there is something specific you and a bunch of friends want to learn then they are open to teaching you anything so just get in contact with them to organise something.  
So if you want to learn how your bike functions no matter what level you are at then just give them a ring 015394 31245 or  email -  info@bike-treks.co.uk - to arrange a class. 

Here are some classes that Biketreks regularly run:
  • Rockshox Reverb seatpost servicing – 25th Jan and 8th March 
  • Rockshox Fork and Shock servicing – 8th Feb and 22nd March 
  • Fox Fork and Shock servicing – 11th Jan and 22nd Feb 
  • Rockshox Fork and Fox Shock servicing 
  • Basic Bike Husbandry (washing, drying, lubing, and checking your bike over) – 18th Jan and 15th Feb 
  • Starting With The Basics – Taking wheels in and out, fixing a puncture, pre-ride checks, checking brake pads for wear 
  • Gears – how to set them up, tune them, replacing cables. 
  • Seasonal bearing maintenance on VPP Santa Cruz’s

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Colour Run event in Kendal

KDCS have been asked to help promote this fundraising event for Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice and Eden Valley Hospice and have been sent this information .....

On Sunday 24 May, Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice and Eden Valley
Hospice will be hosting our very first fundraising Colour Run event in
Kendal. The event will take place at Jubilee Part and more information
can be found on our website,

Over the coming months we want to tell everybody in Cumbria about our
fantastic and colourful fundraising event and we were wondering if
Kendal and District Cycle Scene would be able to help us promote the

It would be fantastic if you would be able to display our event
posters and leaflets or distribute them to members of your
organisation. The event will be perfect entertainment for all of the
family and fundraisers can make a huge difference to the Children’s

I understand that this is a very big ask and I appreciate that you may
not be able to help us on this occasion.

Just in case you are wondering what a colour run is, here is a little
bit more information. The Colour Run is a 5km run at Jubilee Park and
every runner will start the race in a white t-shirt. At different
stations around the course the fundraisers will be showered in
different coloured paint, which will transform them into a rainbow of

The paint is made from corn starch and cosmetic colourings, which
makes it safe to use.

If you are able to help Jigsaw promote the event or would like any
more information please get in touch and I will be more than happy to

Kind regards

Andrew Maddison 



Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bicycle: A Great British Movement


A 90 minute documentary, asks the question why is cycling and the bicycle back in fashion? The film, which is directed by BAFTA winning director and keen cyclist Michael B.Clifford tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle, it’s birth, decline and re birth from Victorian origins to today. The film weaves bicycle design, sport and transport through the retelling of some iconic stories and features interviews with notable contributors Sir Dave Brailsford, Gary Fisher, Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting, Sir Chris Hoy, Tracy Moseley, Mike Burrows and many more plus great archive, animation and music.  “Bicycle” is a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling and its place in the British national psyche

About - 

The film team for ‘‘Bicycle” includes Bafta winning director Michael B Clifford and international award winning film producer Pip Piper of Blue Hippo Media.
Pip’s recent documentary “Last Shop Standing” about the UK’s independent record shops featured Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and Billy Bragg and received wide critical acclaim and was screened around the world.
Rob Penn, broadcaster and author of acclaimed “It’s All About the Bike” is a creative consultant.
The film is being supported by Trek ,Shimano, Bicycle Association and Birmingham Cycle Revolution as our co  headline sponsors .We also have a number of other sponsors and supporters and a large social media audience.We raised 20% of our budget through crowd funding.
The film is completed and  “Bicycle” receives its VIP World Premiere on July 1st 2014 to coincide with the TDF Grand Depart in Yorkshire and then the Public World Premiere is at the Festival of Cycling at Harewood house on July 4th on a giant outdoor screen powered by 12 bicycles!. It will be screened in cinemas across the UK whilst being released on DVD and Digital and Terrestrial TV. Through key media partnerships, PR and a strong social media campaign, the film will reach a very wide audience of cycle enthusiasts and beyond. The film will also travel across many borders reaching a significant audience both in the UK and internationally.


” At a time when the bicycle is back in fashion, it is great to see a film about this beautiful machine coming out “
Chris Boardman MBE  ,Olympic Gold Medallist

“Lyrical, affectionate, beautiful. A hymn of praise to a humble wonder; the bicycle”
Ned Boulting, Broadcaster and Writer

” The bicycle has been central in my life even to the point where now i have my own brand of bikes . I am excited to see a documentary about the bicycle’s history and impact in Britain.
Sir Chris Hoy  6 x Olympic Champion ( Hoy Bikes )

Tickets - 

 for the film Bicycle: A Great British Movement will go on sale for a screening at the Brewery very shortly. The screening will take place on Thursday 26 Mar 2015 @ 8pm – a couple of days before the Wheelbase Spring Classic sportive…

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

2014 Cafe award presentation

Presentation of the 2014 Cafe award to the staff at Brief Encounter by Peter.  
Also in the photos are Anne, Andy and Hilary.