Hop on a Segway in Newcastle and tour this country estate at Hexham! If you've never heard of Segways, they are basically electric-powered personal transporters that look like proper space-age gadgets. All the clever geometry stuff is hidden inside the wheels, but you don't need to worry about the physics of how Segways work, just enjoy the ride!
And what a fine location indeed for your Segway tour. Just a few miles west of Newcastle, you'll be Segwaying around Slaley Hall, the 1000 acre estate in amongst the moorlands of Northumberland that is now a luxury hotel, as well as hosting this top notch segwaying venue. You will be whizzing around a specially selected route that includes tarmac roads, woodland trails and across open fields on an X2 version of these personal transportation machines.
The X2 is the cross country model, modified from the standard Segway. They are renowned for being rugged, tough and agile too. As this isn't just a 'have a go' Segway experience, you'll be tackling some pretty serious off road terrain at the Newcastle venue, so you will glad you've stepped on to the footplate of an X2, complete with scratch resistant fenders, deep-treaded tyres and that all important higher ground clearance.
Before you can head out on the guide-led track around the grounds of Slaley, you will be given a full introductory demo on how to actually operate these battery-powered two wheelers. Seeing as the controls and ride style on these personal transporters are sure to be like nothing else you will have ever ridden, you will have plenty of time to adjust.
Your Segway in Newcastle trek lasts around 45 minutes, with an instructor leading the way. Once you get used to the leaning and balance, you'll be amazed at how fast you feel you're going as you put the Segway through its paces. If you want to record your foray into segwaying, you can opt for a headcam video of your ride (payable locally). Segway experiences are available in other areas all around the country, so please visit our main Segway Personal Transporter section for more information.