For a day out in the country with a difference, we can highly recommend booking in for a quad biking experience. The first time we went on one we couldn't believe how easy they are to drive - and believe us, they are nothing like a moped or a motorbike, as they are way more stable with those four very chunky wheels giving you loads of grip.
The choice of trusty stead for your mud-filled adventure is really important as it can be the difference between you struggling to get thing into gear and whizzing off like a pro from the word go. All of our centres have carefully chosen their machines, using top-name, renowned brands such as Yamaha, Polaris and Honda. You might be surprised to know that not all bikes used are actually four wheel drive, but this doesn't mean they can't tackle to the tricky terrain - far from it in fact, as two wheel drive versions are lighter and easier to handle.
One thing all riders appreciate is no clutch. These modern machines are all now either fully automatic, or have clever electronic gear changing, so there'll be no over-revving it or stalling. One of our favourite mini monsters is the Polaris Trailblazer - a powerful 330cc ATV as used by our team in Warwickshire. The extra power means it is the ideal choice for quad racing.
Which brings us on to what you'll be doing on your experience. Some quad centres offer an obstacle course, others have race circuits, whilst many head off on safaris and treks covering several miles. In all cases you'll have a familiarisation session where you're shown around the bike, the controls and the safety procedures, before hopping onboard and having a go in the practice paddock.
This gives you the chance to get to grips with the controls and get a feel for how they steer and handle so by the time you are lining up for the main event you feel confident and ready as a competent quadder! It's time to take on the natural and manmade challenges to see if you will be crowned king or queen quad-biker.
As for the trails you'll be hitting, it's a case of expect the unexpected. We've got treks around the grounds of a secret nuclear bunker in Essex, a tricky circuit that involves everything from metal seesaws to limbo bars and a safari in the wilds of Scotland that'll take your breathe away with views of the Loch below to name just a few.
If you choose a quad bike experience on tracks and trails it's a case of 'follow the leader' as your host rides on their machine up front to guide the pack. Those opting for a race day will find themselves on a manmade circuit with other bikes at the same time all racing against the clock and whereas on the obstacle course experience, the challenge is to perform a clean round without knocking anything over or messing up on any of the modules. But don't worry, with these high-spec tough little quad bikes you've certainly got the tool for the job - time to test your All Terrain Vehicle skills to the max!