The Audi Q7 driving through the Lake District

The Adventure Diaries

If you could take an Audi Q7 plus a range of our latest accessories out on the open road,
where would you go?

They say that to get the best out of something, you have to push it to its limit. We wanted to test that theory. We handed three adventure-seekers the keys to the Audi Q7, equipped them with some of our adventure-ready accessories and gave them carte blanche to do whatever they wanted. In their own words, here’s how their weekends played out...

Lou, the ‘Little Green Shed’ blogger and mother of two:

I’ve travelled all over the world but had never been to the Lake District. I’d always wanted to go but the thought of taking on a 6-hour drive with children was a consistent barrier.

I needn’t have worried. The Q7 handled the road with ease and had enough in-car gadgets to keep us all occupied there and back.

On our first night, we took it off-road and headed for the Castlerigg stone circle to watch the sunset. The colours were incredible and what a vantage point. It’s amazing what you can see when you wander off the beaten path.

Next day, we continued our adventure by trekking through to the National Trust Aira Force, a flowing water mass drenched in tranquility. At this point, the heavens opened on a biblical scale, so we made haste back to base camp.

To set ourselves up for the journey home we used the mobile espresso machine which plugs into the lighter socket. The end result is an excellent espresso shot, ready within two minutes. Bliss.

On the way home, as we weaved through the rolling hills, I reflected on what had been a wonderful - albeit, short - weekend. The lakes have so much to see and do that you really need a full week or more to feel like you’ve taken in such a spectacular place.

The Audi Q7 overlooking the Lake District

Laura, the ultra-endurance cyclist

I love getting outdoors. It’s a way for me to reconnect with nature and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

I collected the car about 6am (talk about an early start) and arrived at my friends’ to load everything up. As an endurance cyclist, I spend a lot of time training alone, so it was great to be able to share this experience with my clubmates.

We stopped off a couple of times on the way to Abergavenny. The bike rack has a really useful lock mechanism, so you have peace of mind when leaving the car for ten minutes at the service station.

The drive over flew by, as we had so many great conversations we don’t normally get the chance to have in the franticness of our everyday life.

Wales is one of my favourite destinations to cycle in the UK. There’s a great mix of terrains to challenge yourself with and the scenery is incredibly diverse.

We arrived around midday and the team managed to squeeze in 120 km of trails and road before the sun set. Getting the bikes back on the car was quick and simple; handy for when you’re in a race against darkness.

Cycling really forces you to push yourself. So by the end of the day, I couldn’t wait to return to the comfort of the car and lose myself in the journey once more.

Laura Scott and friend posing with the Audi A7

Laura Scott's bike leaning against a gate

John, the ‘Everyday Man’ lifestyle blogger

My best mate and I collected the car early afternoon. There’s no better feeling than clocking off on a Friday, getting the car packed up and escaping the city before the rush-hour traffic.

We decided to test out the Audi Q7 on Loch Lubnaig, which is a place I chose on account of its dramatic landscapes and limitless options for outdoor activities.

By the time we got there it was mid-afternoon. Time was of the essence, so we hired canoes from the nearest town, mounted them onto the roof and headed for water. The Audi roof rack was straightforward to use so there were no problems getting them loaded on and off.

Being out on the loch and having a 360° view of the surroundings was stunning. It was a pretty good workout for the arms, too!

We hit up some bike trails the next day before heading for home. I’d initially been apprehensive about driving such a big vehicle, but the Q7 was effortless. I was more than happy to take the wheel for the return leg.

The Audi Q7 parked by Loch Lubnaig

John Robertson and friend canoeing in Loch Lubnaig

What would you do with an #AudiWeekend? Between now and the end of the year, we will be giving fans of Audi’s UK social media channels the opportunity to experience their own outdoor adventure. Join them on their journeys via Instagram and Facebook.

Written by Ruaridh O’Donnell, Laura Scott, John Robertson and Lou Archell. Photographs by Laura Scott, John Robertson and Lou Archell.


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