4x4 Adventures Ltd Taunton, Somerset
Winter Wales Laning and Social Weekend
18th February 17
Words by James Trembath and pictures by Mark Morgan

Wales is certainly a special place for me having spent a considerable amount of time there walking, mountain biking and running the glorious hills and tracks it has to offer. Returning early each year for our off road foray is always a joy and this year’s event was certainly no exception.

We conducted our route recces well in advance so there was plenty of time to facilitate any changes to what we had initially planned. Some recent winds meant some trees were blocking some routes and a work around was required. The ground was also looking quite wet and certainly not sustainable on a few of the routes so again a work around was made. The aim of the weekend is a good social gathering with some gentle off roading around some of the beautiful unsurfaced tracks that the area has to offer.

The Metropole hotel, were we stayed was yet again fantastic. With Spa facilities, a pool, sauna and gymn, plus not forgetting to mention the fantastic helpful staff it was a great base to work from. The five course private dining on the Saturday evening provided a good opportunity for people to get to know each other and for us to confirm our group make ups and splits.

We had a good mix of vehicles, although dare I say it all Land Rover origin! We ranged from a Range Rover Sport on 20” rims to an early C reg 110 in very capable and well looked after form. There was a good splattering of Tdi and Puma Defenders too of all ages.

The route itself is a breath taking relaxing way to enjoy the countryside over good rock and gravel tracks. Articulations and route selection are the priority of the day to avoid lifting the odd wheel here and there and maintain momentum. In all we covered around 100-120miles (depending on group) over the course of Sunday, a fair few miles for the faint hearted to contend with!

We would like to pass our thanks on to everyone who made it for the weekend and to the hotel for their superb hospitality. Our next Wales foray is planned for Feb 18!

Some pictures from the weekend