Enjoy a quad bike ride and do your bit for conservation!
“Jump on a quad during an activity day and you’re doing your bit for conservation.”
Sir John-Michael Kennaway
Just about every large country estate in the country has had to diversify to survive, and East Devon’s Escot House and Estate is no different. The estate stretches over 1200 acres with agricultural land, woodland and parkland combining to make a beautiful location.
Sir John-Michael Kennaway, whose family has owned Escot for over 200 years, says there’s a huge sense of responsibility in keeping the house and grounds going.
“Corporate events allow the family to keep the estate unspoiled and to ensure the survival of native flora and fauna including water voles, dormice and red squirrels, as well as hardwood trees that are rapidly disappearing from similar estates.”
In 2014, Escot introduced quad biking as an activity in partnership with onsite provider Devon Country Pursuits, in addition to the existing Segway courses that had already proved extremely popular with delegates on corporate awaydays as well as private bookings.
It may seem strange to pair conservation aims with adrenaline-fuelled activities, but the quad tracks are designed to have the least impact on the surrounding countryside. Riders get to enjoy the beauty of the location, driving through delightful woodlands abundant with bluebells in season.
Courses include an exciting variety of terrain including difficult climbs and descents, with a variety of levels to choose from. The aptly named ‘Mega Safari’ provides masses of water and big hill descents on an additional 60 acres of Escot woodland to explore.
“For a corporate activity day, quad biking is a superb option. Initial training and assessment, together with guides on every safari, enables anyone keen to participate to do so with confidence. It’s an exhilarating way to get everyone together for a fun session filled with challenges.”
Quad biking can be combined with other activities including Segway, paintball, archery and an interactive treasure hunt. Hungry delegates are kept content by Escot’s resident caterer, Lady Kennaway (aka Lucy), who will organise an appetizing feast using locally sourced ingredients, from buffets and hog roasts to tasty picnic fare.
“You can’t beat the adrenaline rush of quad biking at Escot. What’s even better, as you plunge down a slope into the next muddy ditch, you can congratulate yourself that as well has having fun you’re helping to conserve the estate for generations to come!”