When was the last time you experienced an exciting fun packed adrenalin fueled day out in the open?
Well, it’s been a few weeks now since we were invited to go and take part in a taster day at a new local business “Stonehenge ATV” but wow what fun. So much so that it’s still very fresh in my mind which to me, means it’s made a great impression!
So Stonehenge ATV - What’s it all about? Where is it? And what’s so great about it……. If you love excitement and power, and being in control of an engine this really is a must for you.
Located in the quiet village of Wyle not too far from the huge expanse of Salisbury Plain, is where our day began. Greeted enthusiastically by co-business partners and founders of Stonehenge ATV Tony Quinn and Robin Gow, we were treated to piping hot coffee and of course biscuits too.
With safety firmly in the forefront of these guys’ minds, we were asked to complete the obligatory paperwork associated with motor sports. Next was a safety briefing and finally we were all fitted with the appropriate safety helmets and protective clothing. It was great to see that this business is serious about their clients and of course all safety elements.
Next came the important bit – FOOD! Well sort of, our breakfast order was taken but then it was time for us to be given instruction on the vehicle controls, etc., with a short drive to familiarise us with the handling of the vehicles.
The vehicles themselves, Quadzilla Z8's, reminded us of something from a Star Wars movie and we couldn’t wait to get started. If you are more interested in the techi bits of the vehicles, you’ll find more details about them on the 'Our Vehicles' page of their website.
Leaving the ‘depot’ about an hour after our arrival, we made our way along the main roads to where breakfast was awaiting us. A very tasty bacon butty, cup of coffee, and a few photos later, we were ready to set off again. Fortunately the weather had been kind over the previous few days. It was wet enough to keep the dust down but not too wet as to make it too muddy.
So on with our adventure, we crossed the A303 to pass Stonehenge, stopping for a quick photocall, before making our way onto Salisbury plain.
We would love to tell you exactly where we went, but to be honest, we have no idea. We travelled along roads and tracks, with low flying helicopter and army vehicles around us, before stopping off for another break. Coffee, this time being served from the back of one of the vehicles.
Our drive continued along tracks made by all manner of vehicles from landrovers and tractors, to tanks, before joining the main road again and making our way back to the 'depot' at around 2.30pm. Once back we got out of our safety wear and chatted about the day’s events and our overall experience.
As already mentioned, we were very lucky with the weather but should you visit during less favorable conditions don’t panic. Thankfully there is a shower available to ensure you don't have to drive home cold and wet.
The experience we were treated to costs £140 per person for a full day's fun (c. 7 hours). This price includes shared use of the buggy, VAT, all insurances, equipment, training, breakfast or lunch. Group bookings start at £110.
This is not only a unique opportunity to travel Salisbury Plain and see areas that are not usually available to the public, but it is also great fun! A birthday treat, hen or stag party, or just a special treat for yourself, this is definitely something that we strongly suggest you check out.
We would like to finish by offering a huge thank you to Tony and Robin, firstly for the invitation to experience their new and exciting venture, but also for their great hospitality on the day. A very good day was had by all.