Get behind the wheel and put your off roading skills to the test at these challenging 4×4 experiences across Yorkshire.
Yorkshire is known for its dramatic terrain and one of the best ways to experience it is on an adrenaline-pumping 4×4 experience. This is your chance to amp up the throttle as you take on rocky crawls and hair-raisingly steep ascents. You can even muddy up your off roading vehicle by revving through boggy ruts and deep gorges. What are you waiting for? It’s time to let loose on the region’s rugged landscape.
Land Rover Experience
You can discover the ins and outs of 4×4 driving from one of the world’s most established off roading companies when you head to the Land Rover Experience. Their Yorkshire base is at Yellison Farm near Skipton, so you can drive across swathes of open countryside. They do everything from an hour-long off road experience to a full-day trek where you can bring your own car. Your adventure will start with welcome refreshments and an overview of the vehicle technology, before you take on the sprawling tracks outside. You’ll then conquer bridge crossings, rocky crawls and plenty of deep water with the help of your instructor.
Land Rover Experience, Yellison Farm Barns, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3HS. Prices start from £99 for one hour.
North Yorkshire Off Road Centre
If you want a 4×4 driving experience along a coastal route, the North Yorkshire Off Road Centre near Robin Hood’s Bay is the perfect place. Set on a private hillside with a quarry, it’s full of water ruts, muddy tracks, and steep hills, but it’s nothing that their Land Rover Defenders can’t handle. You’re allowed up to three passengers in the car, so you can each have a turn behind the wheel with an expert instructor by your side. Want a challenge? They do full day experiences that will take you across rivers and tackle huge-scale rocky hills with rewarding views of the Yorkshire coastline.
Yorkshire Off Road Centre, Bay Ness Quarry, High Lane, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4PJ. Prices start from £185 for a half-day experience.
Off Road Driver
If you want an adrenaline-fuelled day out with the whole family, head to Off Road Driver in the historic Duncombe Park. You can share the driving with the kids on one of their family experiences as up to four of you tear across uneven grassland. Want to challenge yourself? They offer adult-only sessions, where an expert instructor will guide you across deep water crossings and tricky side slopes. You can even experience racing down a hill at full speed without using the brakes. Each course is suited to different vehicles, so you could be driving anything from a Mitsubishi L200 to a Land Rover Defender.
Off Road Driver, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB. Prices start from £49 for 30 minutes.
Coniston Off-Road Centre
The Coniston Off-Road Centre offers a tailored off road driving experience as you choose one of three unique zones and your choice of car. Zone 2 is their showpiece – you can rev over the contours of the North Yorkshire countryside while taking on a number of naturally-occurring obstacles. From a Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian to a John Deere Gator, there are six vehicles to pick from and you can get to grips with all their ins and outs with your instructor. Although it’s one-to-one tuition, you’re allowed up to three passengers to cheer you on while you drive.
Coniston Off-Road Centre, Coniston Hall Estate, Coniston Cold, North Yorkshire, BD23 4EA. Prices start from £119 for one hour.
Yorkshire Outdoors offer bespoke 4×4 experience days on their purpose-built adventure course which has been designed for the latest Land Rover Defenders. It’s set in 50-acres of North Yorkshire countryside and is one of the most extreme routes in the UK, so get ready to tear through natural springs and up muddy slopes – just make sure you hold onto the wheel. You’ll get one-to-one tuition that’s completely tailored to you, which means that if you’re a beginner or an expert, you can get the most out of the experience. Up to six passengers can ride along if you go for one of their longer day sessions.
Yorkshire Outdoors, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2DP. Prices start from £109 for 30 minutes.