About Us

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About Us

Yorkshire Outdoors was established by Richard Fawcett, just over 25 years ago, we’ve got a passion for the place in which we live and work in, and the things we do show this tremendously well. Everything we offer is about quality, and offering a truly unique experience where customer satisfaction is absolutely paramount to us.

As one of the foremost adventure experience providers in the UK, Yorkshire Outdoors is the perfect choice for your adventure. We offer our exceptional course which is set in 50 acres for you to challenge yourself in a 4×4 Land Rover for the ultimate experience. With the expert guidance of one of our trained team, get ready to have the time of your life! Whatever your experience level with our 1-1 tuition we’ll be here every step of the way.


Meet the Team

Our 4x4 & Outdoors Experience Professionals

Richard Fawcett
Managing Director
Richard is a force to be reckoned with! Passionate and highly experienced, with many years spent driving across magnificent Australian sand dunes, Richard is a proud holder of the coveted Land Rover Instructor Certificate 1991 and is also a 4x4 Competition Winner.

Richard says ``I look forward to providing for you with the finest Adventure Experiences.``

Nikki Robinson
Business Manager
After all this time with us, she is now wanting to do her own thing and has started her own business in Thirsk. Nikki is a real foodie and is sharing her love of food and talent for creating it with her customers wanting a high quality option for coffee and snacks from a true artisan. We recommend visiting her at Bagels and Bakes on Topcliffe Road in Thirsk, just off Tesco's roundabout and trying her take on something completely different for lunch. The carrot cake is amazing!
Sandra Lawrence
Sales Manager
Sandra has vast experience in retailing and thoroughly agrees with the Yorkshire Outdoors ethos of customer service and customer satisfaction being of paramount importance.
We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with her.
Brian Kidd
4x4 Off-Road & CPSA Clay Shooting Instructor
Brian joined the Yorkshire Outdoors team having years of experience in off road driving and clay pigeon shooting, his unique approach to everything he offers is quite like no other, specifically his off road driving, where he brings a certain new twist to it! All Brian's customers compliment him in our visitors book 'we don't know how much he's paying them!' If you're fortunate enough to have Brian - enjoy!
Russ Dickinson
4x4 Off-Road & CPSA Clay Shooting Instructor
Russ has a life-long interest in shooting sports, and is a highly qualified instructor with a Masters Degree in Training and Evaluation. He has been working with firearms from an early age and was a gold medalist at the world-renowned Bisley Shooting Ground.

Russ has also been a Land Rover enthusiast all his life, and is able to give you a unique session designed to develop your confidence, knowledge and driving ability.

Gordon Wilkinson
4x4 Off-Road Instructor
Gordon first visited us as a customer around 23 years ago and returned time and time again until he became so experienced that we just had to offer him a job! In losing our best customer we gained a truly fantastic instructor who is loved by all, never failing to raise a smile from his clients.

``Excellent! Gordon was a first class instructor. We've never had so much fun at 2mph!``
- Ron, Alex and Ben Whisker.

Geoff Watkins
Still going strong at over 80 years of age, Geoff's story is truly remarkable and an inspiration to us all. You can read all about Geoff by clicking the link below - it's well worth a read!
Read Geoff's Story...click here
Georgina Smith
Sales & Marketing Apprentice
Nearing the end of her apprenticeship she is going off to work in Harrogate for a lingerie company - we wish her all the very best for the future and thank her for looking after our customers so well this last twelve months.
We're currently on the look out for a skilled mechanic. Interested? Drop us an email to sales@yorkshire-outdoors.co.uk or call 01845 537766.
Allan Rose
4x4 Off Road Instructor
Chris Axleby
4x4 Off Road Instructor