Classic rally company beats the virus by finding adventure closer to home
The Fen to Fell Rally will take in the highest and lowest motorable roads in the UK
Is it just me or has your world got smaller since covid hit us over a year ago? Gone are the days of driving across the planet for fun, there are too many restrictions right now and, while the UK is recovering well, virus rates in many parts of the world are still soaring.
Like me Mac MacKenney has been missing the adventure. Mac's company, Max Adventure, specialise in supporting vehicle expeditions in extreme environments around the world. He's worked with famous explorers and supported TV documentaries and now you can travel with him too. Mac has some great tours planned with his rally company, Driven to Extremes, including a banger rally following the original Paris - Dakar route across the Sahara Desert. Until the global situation improves though driving across the planet remains a distant memory. Fortunately Mac has found some very worthy adventures to be had closer to home!
The Fen to Fell Rally sets off on 22nd September 2021. At the current roll out rate that means everyone who wants a covid vaccine should have had it. There's something to celebrate! What a great excuse to get the car out! Starting at Holme Fen nature reserve, 9ft below sea level, the route heads north taking in some of Britains most scenic roads. Jeremy Clarkson voted Buttertubs Pass as Britain's No1 road, time to see if he's right, or indeed if Snake Pass is better! If twisting mountain roads weren't enough the route also passes Ladybower reservoir, where the Dam busters carried out their practice run.
While the Penine passes are stunning the final surprise is the highest motorable road in the UK. If you thought Britain's highest road was in Scotland, think again! Cairnwell Pass is the highest public road but Mac has swung permission to drive a restricted National Air Traffic Road leading to a radar station at Great Dun Fell, 2,782 feet above sea level and 583 feet higher than Cairnwell Pass.
If you're nervous about breakdowns, don't be, the rally is fully supported and Mac and his team are dab hands at repairs in the field! You can find out more on the Driven to Extremes website: http://www.driventoextremes.org/fen-to-fell/