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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.

47 Routes

Here are some links to KDCS suggested rides. Where possible they are chosen for safety, enjoyable riding, pleasing views and they try to detour to pubs and cafes known to serve good food and drink.

47 Routes index                               July 2018

1 2 3 4 5 6 6a 6b 6c 6d 6e 6f
7 7a 7b 8 8a 9 9a 10 11 11a 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 20a 21 23 24
25 26 26a 26b 26c 27 28 29 29a 29b 29c
Tip - hover over numbers to see route summary
This number table supercedes previous tables.
All links to routes also listed below

All route numbers commencing 1 – 16 start from Kendal Leisure Centre (KLC).
The route directions of 1 – 16 from the Leisure Centre are generally numbered in a clockwise direction, as listed below

North from Kendal  -  route 1

North East from Kendal – routes 2, 3, 4

East from Kendal  - 5, 6, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6e, 6f

South East from Kendal -   7, 7a, 7b

South from Kendal  – 8, 8a, 8b, 9, 9a

South West from Kendal – 10, 11, 11a, 12

West from Kendal - 16

North West from Kendal – 13, 14, 15

Routes 17 – 29c have the start location and destinations in the title.

In addition to these routes there are 20 more Easy Tuesday routes in the ET  folder.


KDCS route 1 - KLC-Longsleddale and Patton Bridge 25 miles, 960' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 2 - KLC-Past Docker Fell to Howgill 29 miles, 2580' climb, grade - hard

KDCS route 3 - KLC-Orton and Borrowdale valley 40 miles, 3,100' climb, grade - strenuous

KDCS route 4 - KLC-Mealbank, Grayrigg and Docker 18 miles, 1,400 climb, grade - hard

KDCS route 5 - KLC-Killington Reservoir 16 miles,1,330' climb,  grade - hard and easy

KDCS route 6 - KLC-Dent and Kirkby Lonsdale  40 miles, 2,385' climb, grade - strenuous

KDCS route 6a - KLC-Barbondale, Dent and Killington 39 miles, 2,943 climb, grade - strenuous

KDCS route 6b -KLC- Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park extensions 48 miles, 2900' climb, grade hard (can be shortened in 4 places)

KDCS route 6c  KLC – Fox's Pulpit, Sedbergh, Old Town, Kitridding 35 miles, 2570' climb, grade -     strenuous

KDCS route 6d  KLC –  Fox's Pulpit, Killington 21 miles, 1,960' climb, grade - hard

KDCS route 6e  KLC – Sedbergh and straight back 27 miles   1740'   moderate overall

KDCS route 6f   KLC – Sedbergh, back via Howgills 26 miles  2195'  moderate/ strenuous

KDCS route 7 - KLC-Kirkby Lonsdale via Rigmaden 27 miles, 1,936' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 7a - KLC-Kikby Lonsdale via Barbon 30 miles, 1,900' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 7b - KLC-Kitridding via Gatebeck 23 miles, 1,580' climb, grade -  moderate overall, 1 big hill

KDCS route 8 - KLC-A figure of 8 to Hutton Roof 28 miles, 1,340' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 8a - KLC – A loop to near Hutton Roof and Arnside 36 miles 2,110' climb, grade -  strenuous/easy

KDCS route 8b - KLC – Carnforth via NCN 6 (Yealands) 33 miles 1,610' climb,   grade - moderate

KDCS route 9 - KLC-Silverdale and Arnside 27 miles, 1,240' climb, grade - easy to moderate 

KDCS route 9a - KLC-Silverdale and Arnside 24 miles, 980' climb, grade - easy

KDCS route 10 - KLC-Cartmel via Grange-over-sands 39 miles, 1,940 climb, grade - easy to hard

KDCS route 11 - KLC-Around Whitbarrow 24 miles, 1,530' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 11a - KLC - Gummers How via Bowland Bridge 28 miles 2,650' climb, grade - strenuous/easy

KDCS route 12 - KLC-Grange and Cartmel Fell 32 miles, 1,780' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 13 - KLC-Staveley and Winster 27 miles, 1,690' climb, grade - moderate/hard 

KDCS route 14 - KLC-Staveley and Kentmere 22 miles, 650' climb, grade - easy

KDCS route 15 - KLC-Small lanes around Staveley 19 miles,1,080' climb, grade -  hard

KDCS route 16 - KLC-An Oval loop West of Kendal 21 miles,1,160' climb, grade -  moderate

KDCS route 17 - Windermere Ferry to Coniston and near Skelwith Bridge 22 miles, 2,020' climb, grade -  hard up ,easy off road

KDCS route 18 - From the Windermere Ferry to Grizedale Forest and back 24 miles,1.950' climb, grade -  strenuous 

KDCS route 19 - Circular route from Cartmel 21 miles, 1,450' climb, grade - hard 

KDCS route 20 - A circuit north from Shap 27 miles, 1,725' climb, grade - moderate overall

KDCS route 20a - An alternative circuit north from Shap 28 miles, 1,870' climb, grade - moderate overall

KDCS route 21 - Staveley to Bowland Bridge and back 23 miles,1,970' climb, grade - moderate overall

KDCS route 24 - Orton east to Kirkby Stephen 28 miles, 1,765' climb, grade - moderate overall

KDCS route 26 - Caton - New Lancaster Bay Gateway road - Morecambe promenade - Caton 16 miles, 380' climb, grade - easy (to Glasson Dock and back as well - 27m, 420' climb, grade easy)

KDCS route 26b - Lancaster Station - canal - Morecambe prom - Lancaster Station 12 miles,340' climb, grade -  easy (to Glasson Dock and back as well - 23m, 340' climb, grade easy)

KDCS route 26c - Caton – Sunderland Point – Morecambe 37m 1365' moderate/easy (shorter option 25 miles 640' easy)

KDCS route 27 - A circuit of Skiddaw from near Threlkeld 32 miles,2,500' climb, grade -  moderate, some hills

KDCS route 28 - from Derby Arms, Witherslack to Crook 21 miles, 1,330' climb, grade -  moderate

KDCS route 29 - Ambleside - Coniston new cyclepaths 20 miles, 1,970' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 29a - Windermere - Coniston new cyclepaths 25 miles,2,280' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 29b - High Cross - Coniston new cyclepaths 14 miles, 1,480' climb, grade - moderate

KDCS route 29c - Brathay – Coniston new cyclepaths  22 miles 2,500' climb grade moderate