Several members of the mountain bike faction of KDCS met recently to plan a programme of extra rides / events for 2018. These. were to be in addition to the usual Thursday rides. Whilst these are still being progressed it was felt that giving all KDCS members an overview of what has been proposed.
19/4/18 - an MTB skills training day organised by Neil Hazlehurst which will include learning MTB skills in the field through expert tuition.
28/4/18 - a 60k off road tour of Windermere to celebrate Alex Herons 60th birthday
A long circular day ride (Mon / Tues ) possibly Croglin to Haltwhistle in good weather to be arranged at short notice organised by Tim Goffe
May 17th - 18th 2018
2 day trip from Dufton over Great Dun Fell with an overnight stay at YHA Langdon Beck organised by Andy Gillham
Teesdale - May 17th-18th
Meet in the public car park in Dufton at 1030. (If there is insufficient room in the car park meet there anyway and I will direct you to alternative parking.)
Route Day 1: up the tarmac road to Great Dun Fell (the most strenuous part of the whole trip) - off piste to Cross Fell - bridleway to Garrigill (refreshments) - road and track to Tynehead - muddy hill and short road to Yad Moss - track to Cow Green - road to Langdon Beck.
Day 2: optional visit to High Force (8km detour) - Cow Green Reservoir and Cauldron Snout (and look at arctic-alpine flora if anything is out) - bridleway to High Cup Nick - descent to Dufton (optional alternative descent to Murton).
The route is mostly non-technical and on wide tracks but there will be some pushing here and there. Day 2 is not long and gives time for exploration (geology, natural history, industrial history) should people be interested.
Overnight accommodation is in Langdon Beck YH where you can have a bed in a dormitory room for £18 or four can share a room for £59 (£3 reduction for members). The YH can provide meals (breakfast £5.63, packed lunch £5.75, dinner £9.95); I will use the local pub for dinner. All you will need for overnight is a small wash kit and maybe a shirt and trousers for evening. Bedding is provided and a shower towel can be hired.
Please go to https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/langdon-beck and book yourself in. You may want to get together in multiples of 4 for private rooms - chaps currently hedging their bets are Daniel A, Graham C and Mike S.
Get in touch with me for any further info or to find out the latest attendees.
June 8th - 11th 2018
3/4 day trip ( Friday - Mon ) to Rosedale North Yorkshire organised by Dave Wills and Malcolm Cox - will be for MTB and Road riders
3 day mid week trip to Hawes for MTB and Road riders organised by Steve Warner
MTB trip 3-5th July 2028
Day 1 - 3rd July
10.30am start from Thoralby back of village hall GR 000868
30-35k red route heading for West Burton, Carlton Moor, Melmerby, Agglethorpe, Morpeth Scar. Bring packed lunch
Day 2 - 4th July
Independence Day special. West of Hawes circular. Start 10.30am from Hawes Yorkshire Dales NP Centre ( pay and display ) but free on street parking nearby. Distance 42k - 3750 ft of ascent, Hawes, Appersett, The Moorcock, Garsdale station, Dent Fell, Widdale, Newbury Head Moss, West Cam Road, Hawes.
Day 3- 5thJuly
Short ride to finish the break. Start 10.30am roads near Bolton Castle GR033919. Distance 24k but can be extended. Ponderledge Scar, Heugh, Windgates Currack, Apedale Head, Dents Houses, Castle Bolton.
Accommodation / daily attendance
For those wishing to stop over on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings there is a variety of accommodation available - The Green Dragon pub at Hardraw has hotel accommodation, various size bunk rooms from 2 people upwards. There is the Old Hall Cottage campervan / campsite in Hardraw and the Old School Bunkhouse. All are near the pub. In Hawes down the hill there are pubs, B&B, Hawes Caravan Club site etc. I have booked into the Green Dragon Bunk House in Hardraw This has good toilets and showers but only a small kitchen area. The pub however is very good and does meals plus it sells great beer.
August 2018 - no events currently planned
Speyside Way - 2 day ride being planned by Maggie Donald and Catriona Webster
Nothing planned at the moment but suggestions welcomed
Steve Warner - Chairman