Get stuck in to some real adventure

Get stuck in to some real adventure

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. . .

Quad trekking, Adventure Sports, Warwick
Jon and Daniel Chalmers are ready for the off.

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!

Adventure Sports, Warwick, Quad trekking
The participants receive their briefing.

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.

PRICE

It represents excellent value at £50 per person per hour-long session.

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New karting track fuels excitement

New karting track fuels excitement

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IF, like our family, you like to live life in the fast lane – but only if the fast lane is around the corner(!) you’re now in luck.

 A new premier outdoor karting track has just opened in Warwick – and it’s fuelling a lot of excitement.

 My sons were quick to volunteer to be among the first to take the karts for a spin, at Adventure Sports – a 100-acre outdoor activity centre off Wedgenock Lane.

While they’re both experienced in go-kart circuits, these 400cc Biz Le Mans karts represented a different proposition when putting the pedal to the metal. These mean machines crank up the thrill factor from most of the indoor circuits they’ve already experienced.

Adventure Sports, go-karting

The one-hour Have a Go package they signed up for was divided into two sessions where drivers competed against the clock and compared their times.

But you soon learn that bragging rights are not necessarily earned through the throttle alone. Handling technique and intelligent driving play a huge part in getting the most from those beefy engines – as my eldest son discovered when his hot-headed pursuit for speed resulted in some undesired results. Let’s just say he took the phrase ‘taking the kart for a spin’ quite literally!

It’s because they’re serious machines that you have to be over 14 to get behind the wheel. (The heavy karts demand a certain amount of strength to handle) But younger siblings with a need for speed don’t have to miss out as there’s also a fleet of 200c Biz Junior Karts with full safety cages and harnesses suitable for 10 plus. These are a great option for parties that include children and adults.

Adventure Sports, karting

The compact circuit itself is riddled with sharp bends so it’s challenging in that respect -although I suspect many parents, like me, will view the lack of straights as a good excuse to keep the speeds in a certain amount of check!

But driver welfare is at the forefront and no-one’s allowed near the track until they’ve watched a safety video. It’s also reassuring to know that, while they are in control of their karts, the engines can be slowed or killed at any time by a marshal with a nice big override button! (As was the case when said son lost control on two bends.)

Alternative packages include Grand Prix – open to groups of between eight and 36 people racing against each other – and Endurance Karting – team racing for corporate groups of between 12 and 72 people.

Prices are reasonable too. You can expect to pay between £24 and £40 per kart depending on your chosen activity.

Adventure Sports, karting

The impressive new circuit is the latest addition to the activity centre, which also includes quad trekking, hovercraft, 4×4 driving, rally karts, powerturn karts, reverse steer jeeps, archery,clay pigeon shooting, segways, paintball, pistol and target gallery and even axe throwing!

My sons had a brilliant time on their first visit to Adventure Sport’s new karting track – and are already gearing themselves up for a return.

Check out their website at: www.adventuresport.co.uk/