Days out in Yorkshire: Pesky Husky, Stationdale, North Yorkshire

Go husky trekking at Pesky Husky near Scarborough.

Go husky trekking at Pesky Husky near Scarborough.

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Enjoy a leader of the pack at day out with the dogs.

Leading a husky pack is like nothing else you’ve ever done before and like nothing you’ll ever do again.

You could be forgiven for thinking that husky trekking was only possible in the Alaskan wilderness but Pesky Husky in Stationdale near Scarborough is home to nearly 30 of these incredible animals, many of them rescued, where you can spend a short time as leader of the pack ‘mushing’ your husky team: even without the snow.

You’ll never get closer to a wolf without bars.

The distant link with their ancestors is obvious in their size, power and diet of raw meat.

However, the walk through the kennels reveals a deep intelligence that makes these excitable dogs not only harmless, but super friendly.

It’s obvious that our host Debbie had a great deal of affection for the dogs, and she certainly knew her stuff about the breed, but you can’t help but feel a bit nervous being padded up and introduced to the lead dog, Biscuit, as she was harnessed to the custom scooter that took the place of a sled on Yorkshire grass.

A training session later and you feel prepared to lead the dogs round the purpose built circuit, with its intimidating hill.

What you may not be prepared for was the uncanny relationship the rider has with their team.

It’s a thrilling experience to feel the dogs respond to your command as you encourage them on.

Whether you have the fantasy of being a wilderness sled driver or just love dogs, this is a unique way to get in touch with the wild in on the beautiful Yorkshire coast.

FACTFILE

Price: £25 (90 mins)

Opening Times: (see website)

Address: Meeting House Farm, Staintondale, North Yorkshire

Car Parking: On site (free)

Attraction Website: www.peskyhusky.co.uk

Telephone: 01723 870521

Sat Nav: YO13 0EL

For more days out see www.yorkshire.com

Days Out: Yorkshire Velo Tours