It's going to be a case of river deep, mountain high when you go on an axel-crunching 4x4 driving experience! These impressive off roading vehicles just love mud, dirt, lumps and bumps and these hands-on experiences will test your off road driving skills to the max.
We’ve got everything from Land Rovers and Range Rovers, to customised 4WDs, Jeeps and pick-ups on offer at centres all over the country. Isn’t it time you got your head into gear to take on some serious off roading obstacles, all far away from the monotony of the daily commute? This is simply the most fun you can ever have at 5mph! Read more...
Green lane treks and overland exploration in a 4x4 -...
Hope Valley, The Peak District
• A 4x4 trek in the Peak District around Hope Valley • Green laning in a expedition-equipped Land Rover • Shared or exclusive drive sessions offered • The only operator in this area of the Peak District
Enjoy off-roading, dining and pure luxury on this 4x4...
The Coniston Hotel & Country Estate, Skipton
• Drive a 4x4 & stay on the Coniston Estate, Yorks • An overnight stay with offroading session included • Package includes dinner and breakfast for two • Make the most of the hotel's spa facilities too
Unlike other driving experiences, 4x4ing isn't all about the need for speed and a cacophony of engine and exhaust noise. This motoring sport is all about control, anticipating where you're going and knowing your vehicle and its capabilities. Let's face it, quite a few of us have all-wheel-drive cars these days, but how many of them actually get to go beyond the pavement?
Having said that, a straight-out-of-the-showroom SUV may not cut the mustard. You have to have the right motor for the job and always top of the list is the Land Rover Defender. This incredibly solid piece of automotive engineering has stood the test of time and is ridiculously tough, yet agile, despite its curb weight. However, there are plenty of other beefy boys on the block, so look out for experiences where you get to test the off road mettle of vehicles like a Mitsubishi or a Toyota.
Of course, all of the venues we offer are different. Some are manmade circuits on the edge of airfields whilst others are in spectacular former quarries. Whilst you might find yourself weaving in and out of the trees on a forest trail, you could also be attacking rutted tracks across wild and windswept countryside - we really have got it all. Take a look at our 4x4 driving video to give you an idea of what it’s like driving an off road vehicle.
Learn from highly qualified BORDA/LANTRA 4x4 driving instructors
So that's the cars and the locations done, but who will be showing you the ropes? All our off-roading instructors are advanced drivers who are highly qualified and are excellent teachers, with many BORDA or LANTRA registered. You won't feel like you're on a 4x4 driving lesson, but it will be a completely new approach to motoring, as you learn skills that often go against what you instinctively want to do.
In fact, we bet the first thing you'll want to do when you reach a water trough is to plunge in and then accelerate to get yourself out. Oops you've stalled. That's because the name of the 4x4 driving game here is all about momentum rather than speed. Experience will tell you keeping it steady, having built up to a suitable speed before you took your dip, means you cruise and come out of the other side with a huge grin on your face. That’s is, you've nailed one of the first tricks of this off roading malarky!
Learn off roading in a couple of hours, on a half or full day 4x4 session
You'll also be amazed at what you can learn in just a day. Even one of our shorter off roading taster sessions will give you the satisfaction of successfully tackling terrain you'd never thought was possible in a car. Once again, it's all about technique, that’s to say, not changing gear when you hit a tricky obstacle, knowing the maximum approach angle of your vehicle and using things like differential lock to get you out of sticky situations.
Above all else, 4x4 driving is a massively fun experience. And in Land Rover's own words, off roading is all about going 'as slow as possible and as fast as necessary’. And believe us, when you feel the wheels start to spin and you can touch the ground out of the driver’s window with your elbow because you're leaning that far over, there's nothing like it!