Ten Must Do Land Rover Trips

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We have a list of ten off-road trips that every Land Rover owner should do at least once

Over 99% of the Land Rovers ever produced never ever get to drive on any other surface except boring old tar. How sad is this when one considers Land Rovers unsurpassed off-road heritage. This article is a wake up call for those masses and not the 1% that do dare venture off-road.
When purchasing a Land Rover you get more than just wheels, a transfer box, heated seats and a powerful engine. Depending on which Land Rover you drive, you also get incredible off-road aids such as Hill Descent Control, low range, locking diffs, adjustable suspension heights and many more aids. If only you knew what your Land Rover could really do.
If only you knew what your Land Rover could really do.
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The aim of this article is to give you a little nudge. Screw the school run; why not try the incredible greenlanes of the Yorkshire moors or Wolds? Or if feeling braver still then head for deepest darkest Africa. Morocco is only a ferry away while Air Kenya will get you close to the Serengeti in half a day where your rental Defender or luxury Discovery awaits.
We have drawn up a shortlist of what we think to be the top ten off-road trips for the Land Rover owner. What are you waiting for? Take your malaria tablets and make sure your passport is still valid. 
Lake District (England)
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Lake District (England)

Lake District (England)

Colin Bell from UK Land Rover Events does a great off-roading day trip in the Lakes. He starts all the way on the West Coast and makes his way inland via impressive mountain passes, challenging forest tracks and rough rocky sections. You will be spoilt by all the incredible views and natural beauty of the place but best of all your Land Rover will get a proper off-road workout.   

Yorkshire (England)
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Yorkshire (England)

Yorkshire (England)

Yorkshire is Britain’s biggest county and you need a few days to properly explore its hundreds of greenlanes. In fact you probably need a few weeks to explore Yorkshire’s Wolds, Moors and Dales. The stunning scenery, challenging climbs and descents, will have you coming back time and time again. The Yorkshire 4x4 Specialists will gladly show you the counties best off-road spots. 

Peak District (England)
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Peak District (England)

Peak District (England)

The Peak District was the first declared national park in the UK and each year it receives an average of 10 million visitors. Fortunately hardly any of these know about the rugged tracks that lie in the northern part of county Derbyshire. Brace yourself as many of the tracks are pretty narrow due to the ancient stone walls, often on both sides of your Land Rover, so precision driving skills are required.  

Knoydart Peninsula (Scotland)
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Knoydart Peninsula (Scotland)

Knoydart Peninsula (Scotland)

They call this tiny, remote peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, the UK’s last true wilderness. For starters you cannot drive there as sea lakes and rugged mountains make this just impossible. If you don’t want to put your Land Rover on the ferry from Mallaig to the peninsula, then hire a Defender on the peninsula from the kind folk at the Knoydart Ferry services. There is only one pub on the peninsula and they do great grub. While there are only about 100 people living on Knoydart, every second one has a Land Rover.  

Wild Wales
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Wild Wales

Wales is easily one of the wildest and most popular off-roading destinations in the UK. There is something for everyone here, though it’s a vast place so do your research well or pick a competent guide such as 4x4 Adventure Tours. It’s very popular amongst the chaps looking for something a little more technical and challenging though these tracks tend to be rather busy on week-ends. If you drive a Discovery Sport or a Freelander and would rather opt for something a little less challenging, then Wales has those types of tracks too. 

Serengeti and Ngorogorro Crater (Tanzania)
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Serengeti and Ngorogorro Crater (Tanzania)

They call the Serengeti’s Wildebeest Migration one of the greatest wildlife shows on earth. Imagine sitting in the comfort of your Land Rover while watching a million wildebeest go by? The nearby Ngorogorro Crater is not to be missed as the lush crater floor is teeming with all sorts of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, elephant, buffalo and wildebeest of course. Abercrombie & Kent do great luxury travel Tanzania trips in the latest Land Rovers.   

Southern Africa
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Southern Africa

Southern Africa

Is there any part of the planet as diverse as Southern Africa? Fly into Cape Town or Johannesburg and pick up a Land Rover courtesy of Southern Off-Road 4x4 Hire. So many places and so little time available. Botswana’s parks such as Chobe, Moremi and Savuti are a good place to start. In the wet season brace yourself for long, deep water crossings. If you want that feeling of desolation then head to Namibia, one of the least populated countries in Africa. The red sand dunes, incredible landscapes and great gravel roads make this once former German colony a personal favourite. The Mozambique coastline or mountains of Lesotho are also definitely worth a visit.   

Iceland
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Iceland

Not the cheapest place on the planet to visit but the breathtaking glaciers, waterfalls, fjords and lunar like landscape make it worth every cent spent. When a tough day’s off-roading finishes at a hot spring then what is there to complain about? Unless extreme cold weather is your thing we recommend a trip in the summer with UK based Venture 4x4 as they have been going to Iceland for years and know the place better than some locals do.   

Morocco
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Morocco

Morocco

If you want to get a real feel of what Africa is about without travelling a million miles then Morocco is a must. Lower your tyre pressures and head into the many dune fields which will test your sand driving skills. If rocky rough tracks are your thing then head towards the Atlas Mountains. Waypoint 4x4 Tours do a great fully catered week long tour to Morocco’s High Atlas and Sahara. Don’t forget to explore the imperial city of Marrakesh. 

Monchique (Algarve, Portugal)
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Monchique (Algarve, Portugal)

Monchique (Algarve, Portugal)

When you mention Portugal’s Algarve province you are correct to think of world class beaches and peri-peri chicken. Only minutes away from these beaches lays the Serra de Monchique, thousands of hills which form a buffer between the coast and the Alentejo province to the north. Joe de Bie from Go Exploring knows these hills better than most and he can keep you busy for a week, driving tracks of various levels of difficulty. It’s 4x4 heaven in a rather special and popular part of Portugal, though when you are in the hills the only traffic might be a local on a donkey.    

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