Segway Tours


Group of friends on a segway tour

Growing in popularity in recent years, Segway tours are a unique way to discover some of the Lake District’s favourite beauty spots. This relatively modern vehicle was first introduced to the world in 2001 by inventor Dean Kamen with a tremendous amount of publicity and excitement. Although that excitement was fairly short-lived, the vehicle has seen steady growth in sales. They are more widely used in the USA in places, such as in larger theme parks, as well as being popular amongst some disabled people who are able to be more mobile as a result.

The Segway is a two wheeled vehicle that uses computer programming to maintain its balance as it is driven along by its battery powered motor. The rider stands on a platform between the two wheels and holds onto a handle bar that is attached to the middle of the platform. The direction and the speed of the Segway is determined by the rider’s movements. For example, lean far forward and you will accelerate forward fairly quickly, up to a maximum of 12.5 miles per hour. In the UK, the law considers the Segway to be a powered vehicle, but not one that can meet road safety standards. Therefore it is illegal to drive a Segway on public roads and use is restricted to private land with the permission of the owner.

What a Segway Tour Involves

As it is illegal to use Segways on public roads, you will need to book onto a Segway tour in order to use one in the Lake District. These take place on private land with the permission of the landowner. You will receive some tuition on how to use the Segway, and get an opportunity to practice in an enclosed area, before being allowed to head off into the forest or estate. Depending on the organisation you use, you will either be able to take yourself on a self-led tour, or a guide will accompany you. Sessions typically last 60 – 90 minutes. Although Segways are sometimes seen as a way of giving disabled people more mobility, you do need to be able to maintain a standing position for this period of time.

What to Wear and Bring

Good footwear is essential for riding on a Segway. Shoes must be comfortable with good ankle support, and must cover the toes. Open shoes such as sandals, flip-flops, and Croc style shoes are not appropriate. Trainers or walking boots would be best. Dress appropriately for the weather. Layers in the winter will help to keep you warm, and waterproofs are essential in wet weather. You will need gloves, especially in cold weather, as your hands will be particularly exposed as you hold onto the handlebar. You will probably want to wear a pair of trousers with zip pockets, in order to store your keys, camera etc. to save you having to carry a backpack around with you.

You should be provided with a helmet, as a fall could lead to serious injury. Segway tours tend to be quite short compared to other activities, so you are unlikely to need refreshments on the tour, but you may want to bring some to keep in your car ready for when you have finished.

Where to Ride Segways in the Lake District

There are three sites in the Lake District where you can book onto a Segway tour. 

Go Ape Whinlatter

Go Ape is a national company, best known for their high ropes courses. Segway Tours are available at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick, through Go Ape. Further facilities at Whinlatter include a café, an indoor children’s activity centre, mountain bike hire, walking and biking trails, and a children's adventure play trail.


Go Ape Grizedale

Grizedale Forest is situated between Coniston Water and Windermere. Go Ape run a high ropes course here and also offer Segway tours around the forest tracks. Within the forest you will also find a public art trail, an adventure play area, a cafe, and lots of walking and cycling trails.


Lakeland Segway Tours

Based in Cartmel, in southern Cumbria, tours with Lakeland Segway take place in the grounds of the Cartmel Racecourse and the Holker Estate. A beginners tour and a more challenging version are available to book.

  • Address: Cartmel Car Park, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6QB
  • Tel: 08456193456