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Want To Travel Off-Road This Summer?

Want To Travel Off-Road This Summer?

Want to travel off road this summer? What about driving up on the beach for a Summer picnic?  Where can you go and what are the risks to your vehicle?

1 - Make sure your vehicle is insured to be off-road, especially sandy beaches. Make sure you have the owner’s permission to drive on the beach.

2 – Salt water will corrode and rust your car so it is essential you give it a thorough wash of the vehicle as soon as is possible after driving off the beach.

3 – Will your vehicle recovery company collect you if you get into difficulties?

4  – Have enough fuel and equipment like shovels, ropes and a mobile phone should you get stuck, or be willing to help others that get stranded.

5 -  Know the beach access and exit points as this may prove essential if tidal waters need to be considered

6 – Be considerate to other beach users, stick to the speed limit, when parked turn off the engine and take your litter home with you.

Where in the UK can you go?



1 - Pendine Sands, Carmarthen – Originally known for the land attempts at the world speed record in the 1920s. You can drive on the beach for a small fee but there is limited access as it is partly owned by the MoD

2 - Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog – Access for a small fee

3 - Ainsdale Beach, Lancashire – Access May to September

4 - Benone Strand Beach, Co Londonderry – Access all year. Dogs welcome October to April.

5 - Brean Beach, Somerset – parking in certain areas as can get muddy. Dogs and horses welcome.

Ideas for Overseas?


1 - Ninety-Mile Beach, the fabled strip of sand that stretches from Ahipara to Scott Point, five kilometres south of Cape Maria van Diemen, in New Zealand which I travelled on last October. This beach is officially a highway, but is only suitable for 4WD vehicles and is safe to drive only at specific times of the tides. Rental companies won’t allow their cars on the sand, mostly for safety reasons.

2 - Take your hire car and travel to Famagusta in North Cyprus.  Here you will find Famagusta bay.  This is a spectacular long golden sandy beach that stretches as far as you can see.  You can spend the day here if you choose soaking up the sun and enjoying the wonderful unspoilt views.  Take a picnic in your hire car and you will have the perfect day out.

3 - Cape Lookout North Seashore North Caroline – Make sure you get the right certificate for the park range.

Let me know what beaches you have explored or others you recommend and have a super Summer