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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. 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.

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.