Alongside my PR service, I am an ad hoc feature writer for Devon Life.
I’ve written about many different subjects over the years, and interviewed some interesting Devon folk. But possibly my favourite features are those that involve an ‘experience’.
So far I’ve been horseriding after a break of many years, gone gliding with the Devon & Somerset Gliding Club, flown into the clouds to watch skydivers leap from a plane (I was offered a jump, but had to decline) and, my most recent experience, tried a Segway Safari.
I pitched the idea as part of the magazine’s ’13th edition’ and was delighted to have it accepted. The Segway Safari runs at Escot Estate, an area I know well from dog walking and from the work I do with Escot House. Devon Country Pursuits is the onsite company offering the experience, along with numerous other activities including paintball, laser tag, interactive treasure hunt, archery and clay shooting.
This was such good fun, and we were blessed with a lovely day in late May, when the bluebells were still very much in evidence in the park. Andrew Butler came along as feature photographer, and appeared to relish the chance to ride a Segway himself. We had a great morning that included a training session and the Safari itself.
Andrew chose his spots for photographs, whilst instructor Max and I attempted to pose for the camera without falling off.
Segway is surprisingly relaxing and exhilerating at the same time. It’s an activity that I would be tempted to do again.
You’ll have to pick up a copy of the magazine to read the full experience.
Devon Country Pursuits loved the article, and suggested next time I try quad biking… watch this space.