WELCOME to the first in a series of regular reviews of some of the many activities on offer at Adventure Sports outdoor activity centre in Warwick.
Look out for more blogs over the coming weeks and months – as well as the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend on an activity of your choice.
But first up, Quad Trekking. . .
WHEN it comes to really getting stuck into an activity, the team at Adventure Sports in Warwick don’t want you to hold back.
And this has never been truer than with their Quad Trekking sessions.
Many of us have done a bit of quad bike riding before and think we know what we’re taking on. But I can honestly say, until you’ve tried quad trekking Adventure Sports style, you haven’t experienced the true exhilaration the activity can offer.
You have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a powerful all-terrain quad bike and, after a brief spell of safety training and assessment, you’re led through 100 acres of challenging countryside, incorporating slopes, mud, grassland and picturesque woodland.
The quads are very easy to get the hang of, with no clutch to worry about – you just press a button – and a finger-operated lever brake as well as controllable high-grip off-road tyres! This is actually a more comfortable ride than one tends to expect.
Not that it’s about comfort. This activity is very much about encouraging the rider to step outside their comfort zone – and before we know it, we’re doing just that.
The qualified instructor is quickly able to judge the skill level of his group before proceeding to a suitably challenging route which includes dense woodland, harsh terrain, water and mud. . . on this day there was lots of mud!
Our session coincided with the climax of an extremely wet week of weather, setting the stage for, what some might say, is perfect quad trekking terrain. It certainly added to the fun – although it’s wise to, as they say, dress for the occasion! There are no overalls!
If you put yourselves in the hands of the friendly and capable instructor, you won’t go far wrong – although there were a couple of hairy moments when the bike seemed to be controlling driver rather than the other way around! All part of the adventure, we’re told. And everyone came back in one piece – and sporting broad smiles.
It’s a maximum of six trekkers per session so there’s never any danger of evading the gaze of the instructor’s watchful eye. Trekkers feel safe at all times while also being encouraged to push their own personal limits.
The activity is suitable for 16 plus, but for no other reason than their legs need to reach the pedals – and upper body strength to keep the vehicle under some modicum of control, is also important.
WHO IS IT MOST SUITABLE FOR?
This is for almost everyone who can confidently steer, brake, change gear and accelerate using the controls. They must also be able to transfer their body weight around the bike to safely navigate sloped ground. It especially hits the spot for thrill-seekers who want the challenge of an adrenalin-pumping authentic quad biking experience.
It represents excellent value at £50 per person per hour-long session.
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