West Country Expeditions
At the far south west tip of England, across the Tamar Bridge in Plymouth, there is a mythical, Celtic land known to locals as Kernow. This county, known to those from elsewhere as Cornwall, is surrounded by the longest stretch of coastline of any county in the UK and does often feel a world apart from the rest of the country. There are many narrow lanes and as you turn tight corners, you are likely to see the flag of St. Piran (a white cross on a black back ground, representing white tin flowing from black rock) fluttering in the sea breeze outside ancient granite houses. If you’re looking for some of the best green laning that the UK has to offer, together with some spectacular scenery, come and join us in the West Country.Scroll Down
Let the adventure begin..
Our base is just outside Redruth and closely situated to the A30, which is the main route through Cornwall. It is therefore an ideal point from which to explore everything that this beautiful part of the country has to offer, should you wish to make the most of your time down here.
Our staff have many years of 4x4 experience and can also offer a wealth of advice on vehicle preparation and kit lists. So whether you are after a new environment in which to explore with your 4x4 or if you are an overlander wanting to “shakedown” your vehicle and kit prior to a more adventurous trip, we will be able to help.
We also run regular trips to the neighbouring counties of Devon and Somerset.
We can offer you anything from a weekend to a full week which is flexible, depending on your requirements.
You are welcome to bring your own vehicle but if you prefer, we have a fleet of Landrover Defender 110s for your use. Ideally, you will have some previous off-roading experience but if not, you are welcome to book a taster weekend. If you do bring your own vehicle, we can arrange a “play day” to help you get the most from it. We keep to a maximum of 3 vehicles, in addition to our lead vehicle, so that we can give you the necessary time. There are plenty of nearby places to stay or we can arrange overnight accommodation for you, if this is preferable.
We cover a variety of routes and terrain, many of which open out from shady corridors edged by ancient trees into some truly breath-taking views. Inland routes wind along leafy lanes, bounded by traditional Cornish granite hedgerows, and cross shallow fords. Cornwall was once the world centre for tin mining and there are some great routes offering rocky slopes with amazing vantage points from which to admire the ruins of old tin mines dotting the landscape and disused shafts which are often covered by wire cones. Many of you will be familiar with the tin mining heritage due to the 2015 TV adaptation of Poldark, filmed in Cornwall, so you may recognise some of the beautiful locations. You could even arrange a visit to Poldark Mine itself, which is open for tours. Most spectacular of all, however, are the routes which snake along the heather-covered cliffs adjacent to the coast, complete with views of the wild Atlantic. Wheal is the Cornish word for mine and Porth is the word for beach, which will give you a clue to some of the place names around. As you take a pit stop, high up on the cliffs, you may be able to breathe in the subtle coconut scent of the gorse bushes at certain times of year (just watch out for the thorns if you value your paintwork!), whilst you gaze upon the majestic, rocky coastline and listen to the waves pounding the cliffs. You may also be tempted to join the surfers who appear as specks in the vast ocean; this county has some of the best surfing conditions in the UK and is host to worldwide competitions.
All in all, Cornwall is the perfect place to test out your vehicle.
Close to our base is Blue Hills Mine which was chosen as the site to launch the Range Rover, way back in June 1970. Twenty of these vehicles were tested at the nearby disused airfield and also off-road and the attending press were wowed by this new 4x4!
No trip to Cornwall would be complete without sampling a traditional Cornish Pasty which has been awarded Protected Food Name status by the EU, meaning you can be sure it has been made in Cornwall to a strict recipe handed down over generations.
Cornish Clotted Cream has also been awarded this status and is an essential ingredient of the wonderful cream teas, for those of you with a sweet tooth - the Rodda’s Clotted Cream Factory is right on our door step! At the end of the day, once you have explored the variety of conditions the West Country has to offer, you may want to unwind with a pint of Cornish Rattler Cider or for the real ale lovers amongst you, Spingo has legendary status!
The beaches and cliffs on the north coast offer an unrivalled setting in which to watch the sun set over the Atlantic and with less light pollution in Cornwall, you will be staggered by the starry skies on clear nights. All in all, Cornwall is the perfect place to test out your vehicle, experience some great driving (coupled with fabulous scenery) and plan your next adventure!