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PUBLISHED: 14:48 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 13 April 2017

Gazette reporters Sarah Howells and Matt Smart had a go on the segways with Ascent Gliders.

Gazette reporters Sarah Howells and Matt Smart had a go on the segways with Ascent Gliders.

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Gazette reporters Sarah Howells and Matt Smart decided to step up to the challenge, and step onto Segways at a new attraction at The Milky Way this Easter.

There’s a new way to get around in North Devon, and it comes with two wheels, a platform, and a lot of laughs.

Ascent Gliders is offering taster sessions on Eco-Segways this Easter, which will see you gliding around with ease in no time.

The business, run by husband-and-wife-team Phil and Dianne French, has set up shop through the holidays at The Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly.

What started as a mobile business is hoping to set up a permanent residence at the family attraction, offering taster sessions this Easter.

Gazette reporters Sarah Howells and Matt Smart had a go on the segways with Ascent Gliders. Gazette reporters Sarah Howells and Matt Smart had a go on the segways with Ascent Gliders.

Gazette reporters Sarah Howells and Matt Smart decided to step up to the challenge, and step on to the Eco-Segways themselves.

After watching a brief instructional video, Segway riders - called pilots - are guided by Phil along the first round of obstacles.

It’s as easy as stepping on, leaning forward, and gliding onwards - smoothly moving the handles from side-to-side to steer your way around the course.

Once you’ve mastered your balance - the gliders are surprisingly sturdy - it takes a little more practice to master the corners.

Gazette reporter Matt getting a lesson in Segway riding. Gazette reporter Matt getting a lesson in Segway riding.

But in no time you’ll find yourself building up some speed, manouevering around the tight angles of the cone-maze.

Don’t worry about going too fast though - the gliders are limited to 12mph, which may sound slow, but will feel a lot faster.

Phil and Dianne came up with the idea for the business after trying out Segways on holiday in Spain.

They found there was nowhere in North Devon offering the experience, and started by offering mobile tasters at fairs and in local parks.

This Easter, they can be found Tuesday - Sunday, 1pm-5pm, in The Milky Way car park, and are in talks with the park about setting up a permanent base there.

You can visit Ascent Gliders until April 19 to take part in a 10 minute taster for £10 per person, ages 10+.

Want to win a taster session for two at Ascent Gliders? Head over to the Gazette Facebook page and see our pinned post before 5pm on Monday, April 10.

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