In part three of my series of blogs about Adventure Sports Warwick, I review Mud and Mayhem.
MUD and Mayhem. It delivers what it promises. . . unless there’s a lack of rain of course, as was our experience.
So, while it was more mayhem than mud, this that was absolutely fine. After the recent rainy season, we were not about to complain about the welcome dry spell.
This fast and furious fun-fuelled package offers a triple adventure at Warwick’s very own outdoor activity centre when you are let loose on three of their most popular driving challenges – in our case Rally Kart Driving, Quad Bikes and Hovercrafting.
The opportunity to get behind the controls of three very different – but equally challenging – vehicles, was too good to pass up – especially for the petrol heads in my family. It’s a great chance to get those competitive juices flowing too as they took their turns taking charge of each machine.
Although I think it was more a case of the machine taking charge of the driver for Daniel’s first ‘spin’ around the Rally Karting track when he ended up beached on the tyre wall! A few minutes later and following a rescue tow from a 4×4, he was back on track.
These powerful two-seater karts are not for the faint-hearted with 930cc engines that provide serious acceleration. But, as we quickly learned, it’s not just about speed and those that patiently perfect their technique will be rewarded with some satisfying drifting manoeuvres on the bends to add to the exhilaration.
Talking of technique, it was then time to move on to the second challenge where they were invited to fly by the seat of their pants! Manoeuvring a single-seater hovercraft around a grass track is just as much fun as it sounds – but also a lot harder.
You’ll need a relatively decent level of fitness as well if you are going to avoid the aches and pains the next day. (My husband still maintains it was totally worth every twinge!) But, if you’re attentive to the instruction beforehand and throw yourself into it (quite literally) you’ll soon be gliding around with (relative) ease.
It’s a surreal sensation and a driving challenge unlike most others at the site, which is why it should definitely be a firm feature on your chosen Mud and Mayhem list. Big smiles all round said it all.
Quad bikes then beckoned and, following brief but detailed instructions and safety tips, they took to a very twisty 400 yard off-road circuit with cautious confidence. The undulating terrain, tight corners, slopes and slalom poles pitted both driver and machine to the ultimate driving test but they both relaxed into it very quickly and were soon in full control of the Honda Fourtrak 250cc quads.
The final combination of activities is decided by the Adventure Sports team to reflect the weather conditions or group size on the day but participants can express preferences in advance. Other activities might include:
4×4 Off Road Driving – Each guest is given expert tuition on how to drive and control an off-road-prepared Land Rover around a challenging course that incorporates steep hills, gravity-defying inclines and LOTS of mud!
Argo Cat 6×6 – Drivers of these six-wheel amphibious all-terrain vehicles are guided through a challenging course of woodland, hills, mud and water.
Reverse Steer Driving – You’re asked to drive a converted Kubota RTV through coloured flags but with a few challenges thrown in. Turn the steering wheel one way and vehicle goes the other. Then throw in a blindfold and the results are hilarious. – A particularly good one for spectators!
Powerturn Mayhem Vehicle – This twin-seater kart is powered by two engines – and driven by two drivers at a time. The drivers must co-operate to get round the track.
Whatever you end up doing, you’ll come away feeling wholly satisfied (if a little fatigued) with your experience. It’s lots of fun.
For further details on Mud and Mayhem as well as 50 other outdoor adventure activities can be found here
WHO IS IT FOR?
All participants must be aged 16 or over and a driving licence is not required.
Maximum weight is 18 stone and maximum height for the rally karting is six foot five inches due to difficulty getting into the roll cage.
Mud and Mayhem is particularly good for Stag and Hen Parties as well as corporate groups.
In rainy season, quads, Argo Cat and 4×4 are particularly good options.
The Mud and Mayhem package costs £70 per person.
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