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OFF ROAD COURSES, DRIVE ROUND DAYS AND TRAINING COURSES FOR
OFF ROAD DRIVING AND WINCHING TECHNIQUES WITH
JAMES TREMBATH OF 4X4 ADVENTURES AND
DAVID BOWYER AT HIS OFF ROAD CENTRE IN DEVON

"Learn with David": A series of articles that David wrote many years ago

David Bowyers Off Road Centre and 4x4 Adventures are proud to be associated with GLASS (Green Lane Association).
Unsure of where you can go greenlaning, act responsibly and follow GLASS advice and Greenlane code of conduct.
GLASS recently spent some time on our purpose made driver training course, please watch the Video for more info.
 

The Off Road Centre from the air


4X4 ADVENTURES IN ASSOCIATION WITH DAVID BOWYER’S OFF ROAD CENTRE OFFERS A RANGE OF OFF ROAD DRIVING COURSES, WINCHING AND RECOVERY COURSES, AS WELL AS DRIVE ROUND DAYS AND GUIDED SOCIAL TOURS OFF ROAD.


COURSES
For many years James Trembath has been teaching people from all walks of life how to handle their 4x4s in off road conditions as well as winching and recovery techniques. Training includes not only those who own a 4x4, but also corporate and Public Utility clients with a wide range of 4x4 vehicles.

James has a wealth of experience in training individuals and groups of clients at David Bowyer’s Off Road Centre in Devon and has done so for nearly thirteen years. Whilst working for ten years with Land Rover Experience, he won their Global instructor of the year competition in 2016. James also competed in winch challenge events, winning the national series twice, with many other wins and podium finishes to his credit. In the past James also used to run his own competitive events. He now competes with the Ultra4 teams across Europe.

David Bowyer, well known in off road and recovery circles built and founded his off road driving course 35 years ago way back in 1986. David’s training course was Britain’s first off road training facility and more than 10,000 people have participated over the years. It is now a very mature off road driver training area and a haven for wild life. Having built the course with a range of earth moving machinery, he planted over 1,000 trees and shrubs, it encompasses: rough tracks, steep banks, hills, side slopes, ditches, ‘V’ gullies, humps, muddy rutted tracks, articulation areas and water routes.

All this makes a superb arena to learn how to handle your 4x4 in off road conditions safely. If you are attending a winching and recovery day as well, there are several areas where you can learn how to winch and use recovery equipment, and where and how to stow away the latter.

Not only do you learn to read the ground ahead, but you can also have instruction on how to read and use ordinance survey maps, how to prepare and go green laning. Whereas James’s interest has been in designing and building successful winch challenge trucks, David’s interest has been in researching green lanes, and driving them for over thirty years throughout the whole of Wales, Cumbria, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire and Northumberland.

David, like James has a wealth of experience and by enrolling on a course it gives you the perfect opportunity to talk about all things to do with owning a 4x4. Things like Green Laning, tyres, suspension, transmission upgrades, CB, winches and recovery equipment. James has had great success building off road vehicles in the past, and has a very much hands on approach. With respect to recovery equipment, David founded Goodwinch many years ago and although he sold the business three years ago, he knows a thing or two on the winching front. David is well placed to give you all the advice you need.

Off Road driving Courses cost from £255 for two people (or one if you prefer) a day in your own vehicle. For a winching and recovery day the cost is from £305 a day with all the equipment again for up to two people or you can elect to conduct the training 1:1. There are no double bookings for either of the above courses, so it’s just the two of you with the instructor for the day.

For larger groups you can have both James and David training at the Centre. We also have other professional off road driving instructors available.

Pictures of off-road training with James Trembath

 

DRIVE ROUND DAYS
For over thirteen years 4x4 Adventures has been organising Drive Round Days (DRDs). These days are for those with prior experience and are used to driving off road. Lead by James Trembath, there are many tracks during the day to prove and hone your skills. 4x4Adventures uses two quite different sites over the course of the year; if you join in at one site, you are sure to go to the other later! All super fun and very sociable too being with like minded people.

These days are a convoy escorted Driving Day, across private estates on purpose designed tracks. They are not for the faint hearted, and will push your vehicle to the limit. Bypasses available. Prior Off road experience needed. Pre-book only.

The cost is £55 per vehicle at either venue.

Pictures of James' DRD's (Drive Round Days) Bampton and Wellington

 

GREEN LANING IN WALES
Once a year 4x4 Adventures also organise a Wales Green Laning and social weekend, based in a pleasant hotel in Mid Wales. This is your chance to be lead along some great green lanes, climbing up through the mountains and along the valleys, mainly on rocky tracks and gravel tracks with a few river crossings. You will drive across moors and through forests, all with great views, so take your camera.

The weekend starts with a meeting up at the hotel late Saturday afternoon and having a good meal in the evening. After breakfast on the Sunday morning, you convoy in small groups to drive some of the best lanes in Wales.

The cost is approx £275 for two people in one vehicle and includes dinner, bed and breakfast.

Pictures of James' Welsh Adventure Trips

 

SOCIAL MORNINGS AT THE CENTRE
Finally, back to David Bowyer’s Off Road Centre. For those who have some experience in using their 4x4 off road, roughly once a month we are running an Off Road Driving and Social Mornings for those looking to gain more experience. This event gives a good insight into going Green Laning. We meet at The Waie Inn in the centre of Zeal Monachorum for a briefing. Then we convoy over the hill and down to David’s Off Road Centre, where he leads you around his mature course giving you lots of opportunity to put your off road driving skills into practice.

First, David will lead around the main route, followed by driving the whole route again, but in the opposite direction, then some of the more difficult sections, which, if it doesn’t go to plan may involve some winching; where David will be happy to assist!

This is the perfect chance again to talk about maps and green laning. In fact it is a bit like learning to Green Lane on his private ground.
The cost is just £40 per vehicle. Meals are not included.

Pictures of Social Mornings
 

All the information shown here gives you an idea of the type of events we hold. For further details please go to our websites to see more information with pictures and video clips, then contact:

James Trembath at 4x4 Adventures Limited, who arranges all the events.
Email: james@4x4adventures.co.uk Tel: 07887 638635
Web: www.4x4adventures.co.uk
 

And for David Bowyer at David Bowyer’s Off Road Centre
East Foldhay, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon, EX17 6DH
Email: info@davidbowyer.co.uk
Web: www.davidbowyer.co.uk
Tel: 01363 82782

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