About Us

About Us

Yorkshire Outdoors was established by Richard Fawcett, just over 30 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.

Richard Fawcett

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.``

Ben Ducker
Centre Manager
Ben joined our team in 2020 during the pandemic, which was a strange time for us all and has worked in the customer service industry for nearly 10 years.
As our Centre Manager Ben believes in providing our customers with a 1st class service to ensure they will have an experience they'll never forget.
He also claims to be the only Geordie in Yorkshire
Bryan Kidd
4x4 Off-Road & 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!
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.

We all wish him continued improvement and eagerly waiting his return.

Geoff Watkins
OUR MENTOR 1928 - 2021
I have been privileged to know Geoff for the past 30 years, with his wealth of Land Rover knowledge originally from the factory floor and working his way over the years to training off road driving techniques for Land Rover at Solihull, Eastnor Castle and the experience centres throughout the U.K. and literally worldwide Geoff helped set up our business.
A really nice guy loved by all our customers he actively demonstrated advanced off road driving skills until into his eighties, still very active and having that amazing ability to engage with customers and keep them fascinated with his never ending tales of his experiences from his exploits as a kid hopping in and out of bomb craters in war torn Birmingham, being physically evicted from one crater by a burly sgt major for sharing the adventure in the hole with a UXB! Or his tours of the Middle East and Arab countries where he trained various military personnel and met key leaders of these countries and had stories to tell of these VIPs and entourages.
During those exciting times of the Camel Trophy Rally Geoff was one of the experts coaching the international entrants in the techniques necessary to overcome the challenges presented to the worldwide competitors in this amazing off-road driving challenge.
Geoff Watkin a really nice man, temperate in mood, full of fun and adventure, always the first in line to put a Land Rover through its extreme paces in some amazing hill climb or jaw dropping descent.

A sad loss, we will never meet another man like him.

Deep felt sincere condolences from me personally and all the team at Yorkshire Outdoors to Geoff’s wife Margaret and his family.

Read Geoff's Story...click here
Dave Burbidge
Shotgun Coach
Highly experienced shotgun coach in techniques of both clay shooting and rough shooting.
Always a cheerful word and a joke to lighten your experience.
Whether you're a novice or more experienced shooter we can guarantee Dave will be a great coach to help perfect your shot
Job Vacancy
Workshop Manager
Chris has now left employment here at Yorkshire Outdoors therefore all contact must be direct with our office on 01845 53 77 66. This has provided a unique opportunity for an experienced vehicle technician to maintain our fleet of Land Rover Defenders, Can-Am and Honda Quad Bikes.
5 day working week includes Saturdays
Also opportunity to train as a quad bike instructor.
Top salary for the right person
Berni O'Hare
Shotgun Coach
Berni is a wonderful guy and excellent shot. He regularly shoots with a group and is meticulous in his abilities. He is a nice guy to be with and will make sure you have a fantastic time whether a novice or experienced shooter.
An amazing morning quad biking with friends. Just the thing to liven you up the autumn day..I've never concentrated so hard in my life but any nerves were soon overcome with the brilliant tuition from Ben... Very much an adrenaline rush when you've gone round the course a few times but would highly recommend if you're looking for something different to do. Thanks for a first class service and hope to come back again...
1st rate experience
Tim A
Had a great time shooting this morning with instructors Brian and Dave! First time, complete novices but they got us hitting the clays every time! They were super friendly instructors and clearly knew exactly what they were doing. Very professional, safe and facilitated a great experience! Now have the bug. Thanks guys. Ed and Lena.
4x4 experience for my sons birthday
Caron Davidson
Had a great time. First time shooting and with great support from Bernie I managed really well at clay pigeon shooting. Great friendly atmosphere so I’d definitely return!! Thank you
Birthday Trip