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