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Where to Ride–Weeknight winner from Kendal

   Words by ZAC Cycles

   on 22/05/2018 13:50:49

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Weeknight winner from Kendal – 25mile (ish) bike ride

Can’t think where to ride after a hard day at work, too tired for a long one but need a quick spin to work up an appetite for your spag bol tea? We’ve got just the route for you; 25 miles ish (depending where you start from in Kendal), rolling quiet lanes, one hill. Home for tea and telly before you know it. Full route details on Strava as usual and description below. 

If you don’t want to ride on your own then why not join one of our free, weekly group rides.  Four rides during the week plus Sundays including a ladies only group.  Come and join us!

Familiar ride from Kendal to Ackenthwaite

From Kendal head out on the good old road to Natland and on to Sedgwick. Usual left turn in Sedgwick under the bridge then left again at the end of the road to skip up the small incline over the bypass bridge (wave at all the people in their cars still battling with traffic on their way home) and carry on this road heading towards Hincaster – you can probably do this part of the ride with your eyes closed (obviously not recommended!).

After whizzing down swoopy Hincaster hill take a right at the T Junction, right again then a left straight after to head towards Ackenthwaite. Enjoy the views, breathe in the fresh air and before you know it there’s another T junction and you are turning right and heading towards Milnthorpe.

Milnthorpe Chippy and on to Yealand

Breathe in the fresh air again as you drop into Milnthorpe…….smells of chips……..mmmmm chips or spag bol?? Straight over at the traffic lights and you are on your way to Sandside, past the Deer Park at Dallam Estate on your left then shortly after you will see the sea on your right as you ride a cracking bit of road your bike can fly along, especially if you get a tail wind. Whiz past the Ship Inn ignoring the delicious smells of food and a pint of something cold and keep following this fast and flowing road past Carr Bank Garden Centre until you go under the railway bridge. Turn left here.

Where to ride - weeknight winner from Kendal

Quiet country lanes and a climb

Keep on this lovely country road through the trees until you get to the next junction where you swing a left and again just keep on going, it’s a really pretty part of the ride into Yealand. Shortly after Brackenthwaite Farm Holiday Cottages there’s a fairly tight right hand bend to go round which is at the bottom of the climb and up you go! It’s not overly steep or long just a bit of a surprise when you’ve been happily peddling along admiring the view without getting out of breath. It’s followed by a short but good descent into Yealand Storrs – watch for traffic from the right at the junction at the bottom of the hill where you will be turning left.

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Through the pretty village of Yealand Storrs which merges with Yealand Redmayne, both with lots of lovely houses, then take the first left down Eight Acre Lane and you’re on your way home. Watch the short descent at the end of this road as you can get up some speed and the junction at the bottom is straight onto the A6. Escape the busy A6 and cross straight over back on to the quiet lanes, past Cinderbarrow Car Park and Miniature Railway then it’s next left down the hill onto a back road that runs alongside the railway; few pot holes along here! At the end of this road take a right at the junction and follow the road round all the way into Holme then left at the junction across from the Smithy Inn and you are back on probably familiar roads.

Keep following this road, it’s lovely, easy cycling with a few lumps and bumps here and there as you pass through the wonderfully named Whassett and when you next see a right hand turn (just before Milnthorpe) take it, then right again shortly after then a left not long after that and you are back on the road you came out on in Ackenthwaite.

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The short bike home to Kendal

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Make your way home on the familiar roads through the pretty villages of Hincaster, Sedgewick and Natland, the surrounding hills and countryside mostly always in view in the distance and once you have got up that last cheeky climb after Sedgewick (which only last about 10 seconds but never gets any easier!) you are on the home-straight and it’s a fast ride all the way back through Natland, into Kendal and home for tea!

Check out the full, detailed route on Strava

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