Off road driving is an experience unlike anything else. It gives you the chance to push your vehicle to the limit and find out whether car or driver are truly cut out for driving on all terrains - not to mention it's great fun.
The landscape of the UK lends itself perfectly to off road driving. After all, some of the world's best off road vehicles have been created right here - tried and tested on our hills and in our valleys. Plus this is one outdoor pursuit that the UK weather rarely hinders - the wetter the better in many cases!
Off road driving experiences offer car and outdoor enthusiasts the chance to get out in the countryside and experience the best of what UK roads have to offer.
Stratstone offer a wide range of luxury vehicles suited to the outdoor landscape. Cars such as the Land Rover, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes enable you to have as good a time driving on the road as driving off it.
There are literally hundreds of sites offering experience days catering to all abilities and experience levels located across the country. To help you choose one that's not only close to you, but also suits your experience level, we've picked our favourite 5 off-road venues.
Deepdale Off Road 4x4 Driving Centre
Deepdale Off Road, Bowes Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9RB
This County Durham based facility spans over 20 acres and is one of the most established providers of off road driving experiences. With a range of 4x4 options, drivers can choose from two different course types - depending on the time they have available:
- Half Day Event - lasting three hours, ideal for beginners who can cover a range of terrains suited to their confidence levels
- Full Day Event - perfect for two people, this course lasts a full day and comes with lunch and a break included
The Deepdale Off Road 4x4 Driving Centre is also unique in the fact that it runs training sessions for those who need to drive off road as a part of their job. This includes a full syllabus that can be undertaken in the student's own car. All instructors are BORDA accredited - ensuring that you'll receive expert guidance throughout your day.
Whitecliff Off-Road Driving Centre
Whitecliff Quarry, Whitecliff, Coleford GL16 8NB
This centre is a firm favourite amongst off road enthusiasts, especially Land Rover and Range Rover fans.
But what makes Whitecliff Driving Centre particularly popular is that it runs specialist training sessions for juniors. These are great for children aged between 12 and 17, and cover a multitude of off road driving techniques - suitable for those who are already comfortable driving a car with manual transmission.
Whitecliff Driving Centre is perfect for both beginners and those looking to brush up on their off road driving skills. The centre offers a number of fantastic driving course, such as:
- Introductory Course - for beginners, including mild to moderate driving conditions
- Advanced Course - for the 'ambitious beginner' or experienced drivers
- Owner Driver Course - for people who have their own off road vehicle
With the variety on offer, Whitecliff Driving Centre is the ideal option for the whole family.
Kirton Off-Road Centre
Kirton Off Road Centre, Gainsthorpe Road, Gainsthorpe, Kirton Lindsey, North Lincs, DN21 4JL
The Kirton Off Road Centre is unique in that it allows drivers to bring their own vehicles and drive around the track - with just 24 hours notice. This makes it a great choice for spontaneous driving weekends when you've got a afternoon or morning.
Situated in Gainsthorpe, the area offers some fantastic scenery over rolling hills and forest to muddy plains and bogs which offer the best off-road landscape.
Kirton Off Road Centre is particularly popular because it offers specialist, vehicle-themed event days suited to a range of driver abilities - from fully fledged 4x4 vehicles to 'pay and play' quad bike sessions which offer the perfect opportunity for a quick adrenaline rush.
Perthshire Off-Road Centre
Fir Cottage, Back Row, Aberargie, Perthshire , PH2 9LY
Perthshire Off Road Centre offers 'Challenge Days' with a five different activities to choose from. Customers have the chance to experience driving quad bikes, eight-wheeled all-terrain vehicles and of course, the iconic off road vehicle, the Land Rover Defender.
Located near Perth, the centre has 1200 acres of wild terrain for visitors to explore, including mud, steep hills and deep water.
There are several different course packages available, such as:
-Group package, which includes a Land Rover Off Road session and ATV driving.
-Introduction session (1.5 hours long)
-Intermediate session (2.25 hours long)
-Half day session (3 hours long)
There are also gift vouchers available. This makes the Perthshire Off Road Centre great for celebrations, corporate events, and special events.
The Scottish Off-Road Driving Centre
Glentarkie Farm, Cupar KY14 7RU
The Scottish Off Road Driving Centre is a fantastic choice for experience days and driver training sessions. Having been established for over 15 years, the centre has gained a reputation for excellence. This reputation is thanks, in part, to its facilities, located overlooking the banks of Loch Leven. Drivers skilled enough to make it to the top of the centre's hill are greeted with views over the Loch itself and the nearby town of Fife.
Instead of solely offering driving experiences in its own vehicles, this centre also caters for those who want to test the off road capabilities of their own marques.
There are also other off road activities, such as:
- Professional Off Road and ATV Driving Training
- Recreational 4x4 Off Road Driver Training
- Group Days and Events
This includes Half-day Experiences and 'Extreme Muddy' experiences - perfect for drivers who want to tackle deep water, gloopy mud, and serious hill climbs that will challenge even the most confident off road motorists.
Like many of the centres featured in this blog, the Scottish Off Road Driving Centre also offers a gift package. The package is called 'Mad on Mud Club' and lets individuals have full access to all the driving areas.
All of the centres that we've picked cater for drivers of all abilities. However, many require that attendees hold a full valid UK driving licence, so it is worth checking before you book in advance.
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