We’re all aware of Segways, the latest thing in the green technology market, but how many of us have actually had a chance to try one out? Not many I bet!
So I went down to Go Ape in Cannock Chase to get my hands on one of these cool gadgets and try out their forest Segway experience. It was certainly an adventure! You start off with a short safety and instruction training before you head off out on a trail to enjoy the amazing scenery surrounding you.
At first I found it rather bizarre, balancing on this self-balancing electric machine but soon got used to it and loved zipping around quickly and tackling the rural woodlands as I went speeding along on two wheels.
Each session lasts for an hour and you are taken out in groups of up to 14 people with two instructors. You’re advised to wear whatever you feel comfortable in and due to an amazingly sunny day I chose shorts and a vest top, which soon became a concern taking into account my clumsiness. But there was no need to be worried, even I managed to stay upright!
The staff are great and are more than happy to let you play around and answer any questions you have about the rather expensive equipment. Half way through the trail they even asked if we’d like them to take a few pictures for us, which myself and Aidan were happy to take them up on as you can see below.
Your experience ends with a Segway Safari Licence and car sticker which says ‘My other car is a Segway!’ All in all I really enjoyed trying out a Segway but was left wishing we had a little longer on them.
If it’s something you’ve considered before, you should definitely give it a go! Whether it’s sunny or chucking it down, you’ll enjoy exploring the forest and it doesn’t have to stop there.
Cannock Chase is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has plenty to offer, not only do Go Ape have a Segway course but also their longest tree top adventure with five zip wires, the largest being a massive 260 meters.
There is also a picnic and children’s play area as well as a café which offer delicious ice cream amongst other things and plenty of walking and mountain biking trails. You can also hire bikes when you get there if the mood takes you.