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My Segway Experience

I recently went on our segways for the first time. Let me tell you, it was definitely an experience like no other.

Simon started off outside the lodge teaching me the basics. Firstly, he taught me how to step on and off the Segway correctly which was difficult at first as I couldn't keep my balance. It was then time to learn how to move. It's really tricky to explain unless you're actually stood on one but let me give it a go. To move forward, you have to put your weight on your toes and to go backwards you've got to put your weight on your heels. To turn right, you move your weight to the right and to go left your put your weight on the left. To stop, you stick your bum out. It's so simple once you get the hang of it.

Once I had been given the basic training, it was time to head off into the woods. I was slightly nervy about it because I wasn't really sure what to expect. It was amazing! Beautiful scenery, fresh air and plenty of fun!

Whilst going through the woods, it really helps if you bend your knee slightly. I found that it definitely helped me keep my balance when I was going over fallen branches and tree roots.

I wasn't sure which route we were going to take through the woods but there was a specific part of the trek that I was slightly nervous about. I had seen this part on the video when Warwick Davis came to Spruce Lodge and did our Segway Safari. There is a small, short bridge which you could go over or you could go through the ditch. Although it is only a small dip I was scared that I wouldn't be able to line my wheels up to make it over the bridge. So I throught going through the ditch would be easier, so that's what I did. Watch the video of me attempting to get through the dip.

Unless you're confident on Segway's, I would still definitely recommend going through the dip. As really you're going uphill so you've got to make sure you're putting nearly all of your weight forward to give the Segway the power to get up the hill.

Ok, so I had problems getting up the hill but I also had problems getting down a hill. Check out this video. I don't think one person at Off Limits didn't find this hilarious and I hope I can amuse you too.

Please do not be put off by this video! As you can hear in the video, Simon warned me about the sensation that going down the hill would give you. I'm sticking my bum out attempting to stop but I'm leaning forward which is making me go faster. So, if you're planning a Segway experience with us, remember when going down this hill, if you feel like you're going too fast, put your weight on your heels! Always listen to the instructor! Don't worry though, they wont laugh at you like they laughed at me.

So, that was my Segway experience! If you've already had a Segway experience with us, let us know about it here, but if you fancy giving it a go, you can find more information here.

Written by Yazmina Wallace

01st Friday November 2013