About Us


The club is a member of the National Council for Metal Detecting, North West Region. Affiliated to the Council for Physical Recreation, recognised by the National farmers Union and the CLA as the voice of responsible detecting (NCMD).

Our members live in North Lancashire, North and South Lakeland, West Cumbria, Whitely Bay, Aberdeen, Alston and Staffordshire, a pretty eclectic group of detecting friends.

The K&DMDC, formally known as The Kendal Metal Detecting Club was formed in October 1993 when the late Eric Bryers held the inaugural meeting at the Cock and Dolphin Public House in Kendal, 28 people attended this meeting with 21 becoming members, all with the interest in discovering the hidden history of South Cumbria and the Lake District.

Since then the club has gone from strength to strength and membership now stands at 83 with more people joining monthly. Since the closure of the Cock and Dolphin regular meetings are now held at The Holme Social Club, Carnforth, LA6 1RB on the last Thursday in the month, doors open at 7.30pm and the meeting starts at 8pm, we are a small friendly bunch, visitors and prospective members are always welcome. Anyone can join the club, but it is asked that children be accompanied.

The club in detail

Single Membership is £20 per year, Joint/Family Membership is £35 a year is this includes the £8 for membership to the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) which covers all paid up members third party insurance cover of £10,000,000.

Finds from the previous month are brought to the meeting and a small competition is held, there is a friendly rivalry between members to bring in the best find. The competition is split into four categories. Pre 1600 Artefacts / Pre 1662 coin / Post 1600 Artefacts / Post 1662 coin.

From the winner of each of these four categories a “Find of the Month” is chosen, the winner is awarded a certificate of merit for this achievement and a trophy is awarded at the end of the year to the detectorist who has accrued most points.

Over the years numerous significant archaeological discoveries have been made by members including, several bronze age daggers, medieval cooking pot and the discovery of six Viking graves an extract from the PAS scheme publication reads Describing the site, local PAS representative Faye Simpson said: “This was a haunting find. When I first saw the excavated graves, complete with artefacts but the bodies of those buried long decomposed, it seemed as though the people buried there had indeed followed in the footsteps of their ancestors and gone to Valhalla – the Viking afterlife.”

We visit local shows to promote our hobby and give anyone interested in our hobby a chance to have a go.

We all want to find the “Big One” but very few manage to make that find of a lifetime and have to be patient, maybe one day.