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Hi I have come across a place that does off road driving, where you can take your own DS, has any one been to it? It’s called Parkwood Outdoors?
I have only done the Land rover off road experience.
Thanks Rick
 

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Have you got a link to their site so we know it's location?
 

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at a guess
They say that they have blue, red and black routes, blue being for showroom standard 4x4s, black being for winch equipped, lifted, loonies, and red for mud tyres and possibility of scuffed paintwork.

As someone who used to regularly frequent 4x4 play sites I would strongly advise that you take up the offer of specific training for their site.
It's a long slippery slope that will lead you to mud tyres on 18" wheels, underbody protection, scuffed paintwork, earache from your partner, longing for a lift that will ruin on-road handling, and eventually driving through Morocco to play in the desert.
Fun though :sneaky:
 

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Sounds like Defender territory!!
 

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Don't kid yourself, the DS is very capable in the slippery stuff, unlike the Defender they don't fill with water at the first sign of a puddle / river, who needs a low ratio box when you have a torque converter and nine forward gears? The terrain response is amazing.
A lot is down to tyre choice, the DS on the Land Rover Experience are standard apart from the tyres and a day out with one of the instructors is VERY entertaining and well worth the money.

The largest danger from the pay and play sites is not bodywork damage (especially on the blue routes), but from mud, it cakes the radiators, you MUST hose the radiators down before you leave site, otherwise it sets like concrete. Even the sandy sites with little clay it's still a good idea to get as much off the car as possible.
 
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Interesting, when I did my first LR experience day at Dunkeld, I opted to drive a DS to see what it is capable of and I was assured that all cars used standard tyres. I was impressed with DS capabilities on the rough loose surfaces etc
but I would have liked to try it on really muddy slopes to find out limitations. On my 2nd. experience day (Skipton) I opted for a Defender, as I do fancy them and I, again, wanted to see what it could do. Well, once again I was impressed with ability but we were never led to the really slippery muddy stuff, so who knows the limits. Did wade through over 2 feet of water with no ingress.
 

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No pictures of the DS off-road as Gills been too poorly to stand outside holding a camera, and there's no wayI was going to let her drive, but this gives an example of how to fill the radiators with mud -
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And how it should be done-
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Not sure which was more fun

If you do get the chance and can get 3-4 weeks off work, I can really reccommend one of the escorted tours through Morocco and into the Sahara. Don't take any grief about the DS (or Freelander) being a hair dressers car, suddenly good power to weight ratio, relatively wide tyres and air-conditioning beats macho, suffering with the heat, lack of sound deadening and V8 fuel consumption were there are few chances to fill up with quality fuel.
 
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