Kielder Water and Forest Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England. It covers 250 square miles and it's where a family orientated 4x4 event takes place. On a Kielder 4x4 Safari you will spend time with guides trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Water and Forest Park. In the comfort of your own vehicle, you will get to drive some of the more challenging and rough trails the forest has to offer and for the more adventurous, the opportunity to pitch your driving skills and vehicle against a disused quarry. The event is designed for drivers of standard or lightly modified road legal 4x4 vehicles. The cost is £50 per vehicle and this includes a cooked breakfast for the driver.
The events exist in partnership with the Forestry Commission, to raise money for Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. Registered Charity 511313. There are currently two active events - The Kielder 4x4 Safari and the newly relaunched Grand Tour of Northumberland 2011. Whether you’re an armchair explorer more familiar with the TV remote than the really remote or simply stuck with friends & family who won’t sacrifice luxury for adventure, the GToN is your chance to get more from a weekend. Two dates remain for 2011 - Saturday 29th October and Sunday 11th December.
The Kielder 4x4 Safari takes a variety of routes depending on weather, harvesting and conservation issues GToN vary the route to ensure the long term sustainability of event but you will get to drive a variety of tracks throughout the heart of the forest well away from the road and other forest users.
All vehicles that take part in the Kielder 4x4 Safari events must be roadworthy. Every driver must present upon request their certificate of insurance and driver’s licence together with their MoT certificate if applicable. All vehicles must hold current vehicle excise duty and be displaying the relevant disc. All vehicles will be subject to scrutiny. Defects or modifications that may compromise the safety of the vehicle, its occupants or members of the public will not be allowed to take part. Similarly, any vehicle showing signs of oil or other fluid leaks will not be allowed to take part.??Conventional 4x4 type vehicles will be able to accomplish the majority of the route. Before undertaking any section drivers must assess both the capabilities of their vehicle and driving ability. A conventional 4x4 can be regarded as a vehicle with good ground clearance, four wheel drive and a centre locking differential or equivalent drive system.