The first Kielder 4×4 Safari of 2013 took place yesterday in a very cold and snowy Kielder Forest in Northumberland. With the Dukes Pantry closed for refurbishment we met for breakfast and signing on at The Boe Rigg just outside Bellingham. Once everybody was fed and the briefing had taken place we headed off into the forest, with about a dozen cars in the convoy, because the Safari has access to tracks not normally available to the public we were literally creating our own tracks in the virgin snow! At times Ian in the lead car had difficulty knowing where the track was so we had to proceed with caution but luckily we made it through the morning session without incident and headed back to Kielder Castle for lunch.
After lunch we set off along Forest Drive and headed into the forest North of the Reservoir where we were able to make a rare visit to the quarry and some of our supporters were able to pit their vehicles against the snow covered hills and tracks. A final loop of tracks led us to our finishing point at the Dam in the dark! Talking to some of the supporters afterwards it would seem that a good day was had by all and they had really enjoyed driving off-road in the snow.
If this sounds like something you would like to experience then why not head over to our bookings page and sign up for the next Safari on the 16th February 2013
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch, you can find our details on the Contact Page
The Kielder 4×4 Safari proceeds go to Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. Registered Charity 511313.