Saturday, 3 August 2019


Ride starts 1:30pm from Kendal Leisure Centre 18 - 20 miles

Kendal Leisure Centre to Sizergh, Brigsteer woods, Underbarrow, Staveley to Sprint Mill.

Social at Sprint Mill from 4pm - Jacobs join, BBQ

Volunteers required to help set up, take food to Sprint Mill, help with BBQ etc.

(Same as last year but hopefully with better weather!)

Contact:  Dave Wills (07500 752879)

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ride report - E- Bike experience with Eden-e-Motion and Scott Bikes

You might remember Bill's ride report of our last visit to Kirkby Stephen back on November 8th. This was a great day out for the MTB section of the club and was organised by Mike Sunderland (KDCS member) and Paul Clow the owner of Eden e Motion electric assist bike shop.

The good news is that we were invited back for another demo day and ride on 18th April 2019 and of course all those wonderful refreshments post ride.
For this event , Paul organised eight Scott electric mountain bikes for us to try and use on the ride entirely free of cost.

 The weather was good for the ride, with 21 riders including 13 e-riders. For the electric riders the ride up to nine standards was a breeze, with minimum effort required on trail mode. However, there were a couple of locked gates and stiles en route which required a team effort to haul the bikes back on track.

Back at the Eden-e-Motion we had refreshments and a chance to look at the other bikes for sale.
Paul has an extensive stock of every type of electric bike. If you only ride road bikes he will have something of interest for you.

A quick de-briefing after the ride, with thanks to Mike Sunderland, Eden-e-Motion and Scott for providing the bikes.

Scott e-Genius 710 (Shimano) - £5799

Scott e-strike 920 (Bosch) - £5699

Summary of ride by Dave Wills:
I had a great day out on the Scott e-Genius 710 - Full suspension, electric with 4 modes (including walk mode.) The 25 mile ride up to Nine Standards was made really easy in trail mode. Max speed is 15 miles an hour with the motor. On the downhill I switched it off to reach speeds of 64km per hour (nearly 40miles per hour) on the tarmac.
At the end of the ride I was nearly out of power but had only started with 4 out of 5 bars. I still had lots of energy left though compared to the usual Thursday MTB ride.
The bike was a pleasure to ride, and handled really well.
If you don't want to buy one, its definitely worth hiring one for the day for the experience.

Thanks to all for a good day out.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Longest Day early morning ride 22.6.19

Martin Sladers Breakfast ride from Ferry Nab

Thirteen caught the first Windermere ferry at 6.50 am on the longest day, it was a lovely morning to cycle along the lake shore towards Wray Castle, with a stop along the way at the Boat Bike jetty to enjoy the sunny morning view of the lake very still and quiet, before the normal daytime movement of boats.  A further stop to enjoy the view at Wray Castle, and Mike discovered a slash in the sidewall of his tubeless tyre, he and Hilary stayed to sort it out. We then rode past a tranquil Blenham Tarn and then up the steep cycle track to get onto Loanthwaite Lane, and then Scar House Lane to Colthouse. Cycling round the south of Hawkeshead and we soon were soon cycling down the entrance to Estwaite Water café, lovely to be greeted by the very welcoming smell of breakfast being cooked on our arrival. Mike and Hilary soon re-joined us having cycled by the quicker road route.
We all enjoyed well-earned breakfast and drinks in a beautiful setting, it was certainly well worth the effort of getting up early! Leaving the café about half the group made their way back, some having cycled from Kendal, the other six continued and rode up the climb into Grizedale and onto Bouth via Dale Park, after The Rusland Beeches Jo and Jamie left to return home, leaving 4. After Bouth we continued on the gated road to Rusland and Thwaite Head. Martin wanted to have a challenge and took us up the very steep climb over to Graythwaite, at this point I thought maybe the others who had left earlier knew of Martins planned route. Conversation soon stopped and the only sound was very heavy breathing, but we all made to the top without resorting to walking! All that remained was the lovely road through Cunsey Woods to the ferry, the ferry was just about to leave as Martin and Neil boarded, and Geoff and Lynn stayed to have a lunch picnic on the lake shore.
Full route 47km 754m climbed

MTB ride from Ings 20th June 2019

The ride from Ings saw 6 riders, 5 on ebikes meet behind BikeTreks for the MTB ride, numbers were reduced as many were away on the 2 day trip to Teesdale.
The route from Ings was up Grassgarth to Kentmere Hall then up to Kentmere Reservoir were we stopped for lunch, and had a sudden shower, then returned down to Kentmere, and up Green Quarter, and down onto Hall Lane, turned right onto Elf Howe most missed the hidden turn onto Scroggs Lane, and then coffee at Wilfs before the return to Ings –about 18 miles (29km) 

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

ORTON MTB 16th MAY 2019

Mountain bike report Thursday 16th of May

12 KDCS members by the chocolate factory in Orton on a lovely sunny day We set off to the West along a narrow walled lane.

Across a few fields and then down a road for about a kilometre before heading north across open moorland, climbing to Crosby Ravensworth Fell with stunning views of the Pennines and Lake District. Fortunately we were heading north as the Sun was quite bright. Looking back it was great to see a line of riders heading across the open moorland on sheep grazed grass. At one point Phil Morgan tried to take a picture of us all abreast.

Short stretch of road saw us going right down a very nice single track through some woodland before getting lost in the field, and having to retrace our steps back up to the gate. More farmland with gates to negotiate brought us to Crosby Ravensworth

A short climb on the road found us a bench where we settled for a half hour break to sunbathe and enjoy lunch with a view.

Moving on across more open grassy Moorland and climbing up towards Orton Scar before turning left down through the rocky single track through the limestone nature reserve.

A short road section and off uphill again, farm track, Grassy fields and limestone moorland rewarded us with another fine view of the Howgills.

A super descent to yet another farm track to Sunbiggin Farm
Down hill on road to the bridleway with 10 gates, a stone circle and one final disused road. Finally sneaky rock strewn track and more walled lanes deposed us at Orton Scar Cafe which will win this years cafe award?

35km with 30km off road and all back for 15.08, Super.