Have you ever driven Segways? If you haven’t, you have to give it a try – it’s absolutely brilliant fun and is an excellent way to see some local scenery.
We headed over to Moors Valley Country Park for an afternoon riding segways in the sunshine at Go Ape. You’ll find Moors Valley on the edge of the New Forest near Ringwood, easily accessibly by car.
TOP TIP – You do have to pay for parking at Moors Valley, even if you’re visiting Go Ape – but the parking fee funds the maintenance of the park. You can pay the fee by card.
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The Go Ape hut is right next to the main car park at Moors Valley – you’ll easily spot the segways (although they are in camouflage!).
Go Ape Moors Valley does get very busy – so whatever activity you fancy doing, I’d definitely recommend booking a couple of weeks (or more) in advance.
TOP TIP – Traffic through the New Forest can be very bad, even at weekends – we were delayed by nearly an hour in bad traffic. If you are stuck, give the guys at Go Ape a call – they were happy to rearrange our slot to a later afternoon one as they had space available, for no extra cost!
We booked on to an hour long off-road segway session, which are priced from £28 per person.
Before you head out into the forest, trained segway instructors run you through the basics of how to use your segway – covering steering, speeding up, slowing down, braking and safety. You’re given a safety helmet to wear, and I’d also recommend wearing sensible footwear, trousers and sunglasses.
There’s a test circuit for you to practice on, and you don’t head off road until you are 100% confident in your segway skills – everyone is a little wobbly at first, but they’re incredibly easy to use, and you get the hang of driving one very quickly. Tom certainly gained his confidence rather quickly!
Our fleet of segways headed out into the forest, lead by our seasoned segway guide – which was very useful in the unfamiliar territory. We headed over bumpy terrain, up and down (small) hills and round corners – all of which felt much more adventurous than it probably looked!
The segways have a capped speed, and we averaged at around 12 mph – which felt much faster on the segways than it does in a car!
The guide stops regularly to check everyone is happy and to switch around the order, so that everyone has a turn at the front of the fleet. I will say that riding the segways definitely made my feet and legs ache – it requires a surprising amount of concentration and muscle power to keep your knees soft and slightly bent to ensure you remain stable and comfortable!
An hour quickly flew by, and I think a longer session would be brilliant fun – but we thoroughly enjoyed our introduction to segways!
If you’re planning a fun afternoon with family or friends and aren’t sure what to do – book a segway experience with Go Ape! We had so much fun riding our segways through the forest, and we’re definitely planning on doing it again.
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