With its location on the National Cycle Network routes so close to the Lakes, Kendal is a perfect base to explore the wider Lake District and Morecambe Bay area on your bike. It’s a really popular activity in the town and Kendal even boasts two fantastic Cycling Clubs.
Kendal Cycle Club is affiliated to British Cycling and is open to all cyclists. Their Clubmark accreditation (a universally acknowledged cross sport scheme introduced by Sport England for community sports clubs) recognises their high standards in welfare, equity, coaching and club management.
The Cycle Club offer regular group rides for a range of abilities, coaching for children and adults, women’s specific events, training for competition and challenge events, helping people improve their fitness, learning and passing on skills and knowledge, road cycling, mountain biking, family rides, social events and coffee and cake, well, they are cyclists…
Find out more about how to get involved via the Kendal Cycle Club website.
Kendal District Cycle Scene are a cycling club that has existed in Kendal since 1993. From its inception they have promoted the benefits of cycling across the area whether it be for work, leisure, health, fitness or pleasure.
They have around 124 members, are affiliated to Cycling UK and they have a full programme of rides which includes weekend rides, easy Tuesday evening rides between May and September and mountain bike rides every Thursday. Their routes vary considerably and offer something for all. They offer a warm welcome to all new members and cater for riders of all genders and abilities riding at the pace of the slowest. Their rides generally include opportunities to stop for tea/ coffee and lunch.
KDCS are very sociable in the true sense of the word. For more information, head to the KDCS website, which lists all of their scheduled rides and additionally has details of 48 routes that anyone can enjoy!
The Sky Rides route planner has lots of routes available and makes it easy to find a route ideal for your ability.
You’ll find plenty of cycle parking in and around Kendal town centre, on Sheffield racks in prominent places and cyclists can also access one of 20 free to use secure bike boxes located at:
5 – Marks and Spencer car park (secure with your own bike lock)
5 – Westmorland Shopping Centre/Blackhall Yard (secure with your own bike lock)
10 – Better Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road (keys available at reception)
The Kendal Bike Boxes are part of a larger project called Cleaner, Greener Kendal funded and managed by Kendal Business Improvement District with support from South Lakeland District Council.
The Kendal Cycling Guide offers five do-in-a-day rides on country lanes and quiet roads from Kendal. You can pick up a leaflet from Kendal’s Tourist Information Centre or download the different routes here.
Route 1 – Route-1—Lakeland-Fringes
Route 2 – Route-2—Kent-Valley
Route 3 – Route-3—Bird’s-Eye-Kendal
Route 4 – Route-4—Lyth-Valley
Route 5 – Route-5—A-Trip-to-the-Seaside
You can also download 48 local rides for free from Kendal District Cycling Scene website. These have been created over many years by club member Mark Bazeley and link clearly to Google maps.