A 4X4 Adventure At The Coniston Hotel
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
I have been an active member of the Northern Group of Motoring Writers for some time and am currently Vice-Chairman.
We meet three or four times a year and usually try to incorporate a driving activity into the occasion.
My suggestion that we visited the Dales Off-Road Experience at The Coniston Hotel near Skipton was greeted with much enthusiasm and after a few emails our adventure was planned.
A little drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of our members and partners.
Experience manager James did his best to quell the nerves of the inexperienced and soon we were in the capable and knowledgeable hands of his team of instructors.
The centre boasts a variety of vehicles from an old-school Land Rover Defender to more modern Japanese pick-up trucks. Unsurprisingly it was the old Landie that proved to be the popular choice.
Having driven the course many times, I opted for the comfortable and capable Land Rover Discovery and was once again amazed as to how able this vehicle is. Clever electronics play their part, whereas the Defender is delightfully old-school. Man and machine in perfect harmony perhaps....
I had time for a quick turn in the Isuzu D-Max pick-up, now the popular choice amongst farming types in these parts. It was easy to see why as I subjected it to ever more tough challenges, all of which it managed with disdain.
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A delicious dinner, comfortable overnight accommodation and a hearty breakfast rounded off a delightful 24 hours.
If more time had been available we could have tried our hand at clay pigeon shooting and archery, with fishing and cycling on the extensive estate also available for guests.
I must also not forget the new spa facility which a few of our assembled gathering enjoyed.
With such positive feedback from our members, I feel sure we will return as a group to The Coniston Hotel sometime soon.
If you want to know more, www.theconistonhotel.com would be a good place to start.
A 4X4 Adventure At The Coniston Hotel, 10th October 2018, 9:36 AM