Own a 4×4 and fancy trying a different sort of off-roading? In that case, look at what the UK can offer for your 4×4 adventure adrenaline fix! Here’s a round-up of just some of the off-roading adventures you can enjoy. So come on, go get involved…
Words: Sarah Harrington-James
If, like us, laying on a beach for a week for your hols sounds about as interesting as doing your tax return, then read on. There has been much hype of late about doing a ‘staycation’ in the UK and we’re all for that – albeit for a day trip, short break or longer – even better if it’s combined with your hobby. And we’re pleased to reveal that there are some fantastic opportunities out there to get mud-splattered to your heart’s content doing 4×4 driving courses in your own vehicle or in ones that are supplied on a whole variety of terrain. But if you fancy something just that little bit different and are up for a challenge, why not try piloting a hovercraft, have a go at tank driving or quad biking? We’ve put together a wide selection to cater for all tastes and levels, so we’d suggest go make yourself a brew, kick back and get inspired from this selection.
Operating from a 400-acre site in the Midlands, Avalanche Adventure can offer adrenaline junkies everything from quad bike safaris, off-road 400cc racing buggies to eight-wheeled amphibious vehicle driving and Land Rover off-road driving experiences. You can take to the ‘tough terrain track’ that incorporates steep inclines, shallow and deep water, side slopes and axle twisters in one of Avalanche Adventure’s Defender 90s and a BORDA-qualified instructor will tailor a route to suit your own ability. Or, if you’re planning on paying them a visit as a 4×4 club for a Pay and Play session, you can hire the entire site for £200+VAT a day with the exclusive use of the track and nearby woodland to test your mettle; a list of available dates are on the website.
The 4×4 course that makes up part of the Wild Tracks site has several intriguingly-named areas, such as ‘Dirty Den’, ‘Back of Beyond’ and ‘The Waterhole’ which encompass challenging terrain and you can experience all for just £30 a day – the instructors will even tow you out the first time for free too! Alternatively, you can sign up for a half or full day off-road course to learn what your 4×4 is capable of and gain some practical tips. Wild Tracks also offers 4×4 taster experiences that last from just 15 minutes to an hour, which are suitable for anyone who wants to have some fun splashing around the off-road course. There’s even a separate quad bike course at the site in Newmarket with sand hills and dirt tracks, challenging woodland terrain and water splashes!
To read the full report see the July 2014 issue of 4×4 Magazine. Buy it here