If you fancy something a bit more challenging than sitting on a beach, head down to Devon Country Pursuits: offering Segways, quad bikes, paint-balling, archery, clay pigeon shooting, laser tag, bushcraft and team building, they cater for parties, hen & stag parties, corporate groups and individuals.
For those who don’t know, a Segway is a two-wheeled personal transportation device – you stand on a small platform with a handle-bar in front, and sensors sense your point of balance and drive the wheels accordingly – to put it simply, if you lean forward, you go forwards, if you lean back, you go backwards. And that is the beauty of it – it really is that simple! There are no brakes, no accelerator: all speeding up, slowing and turning is done purely by body weight, so it’s strangely instinctive once you get used to the apparent lack of control. You sort of don’t know why it’s working, it just is!
The instructor will give you a lesson and make sure you can manage a small slalom and circular track, then, once signed us off as trained, they can up the speed limiters from 5mph to 12mph, and off you go.
Escot is set in beautiful rolling parkland, so the Segway Safari takes you along nice straight tracks where you can build up a bit of speed, along grassy or woodland tracks, through muddy woods and over humps and bumps. The scenery is lovely, and it is a strange mixture of fun and serene, as it is such a smooth glide that it’s all quite graceful.
The invisible, effortless steering and control makes it quite natural, and it was a great way to cover a lot of ground and explore.
Bigger groups can opt for Segway Olympics, which is games, races & challenges, and you can also book it as part of a multi-activity package, with archery, quad bikes etc.
It is suitable for all ages – the only restrictions are you must be between 6 & 20 stone, as it works on body weight, and they carry on in all weather. It is a great activity for families with older children, as there is a real gap in activities for kids who still want to be kids, but are too big for playgrounds, attractions etc. Obviously, childhood is a state of mind, so there is no upper age limit!
Escot also has a cafe available for pre/post Segway refreshments, and if you really want to make a day of it, there is Wildwood at Escot too, with adventure play, otters, red squirrels, wolves etc.
29th January 2018