Days Out: Nidderdale Llama Trekking

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Take a tour of the picturesque Nidderdale valley alongside a guide with a difference - a four-legged furry one.

Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to varied landscapes, from heather moorlands to reservoirs to lush green pastures crisscrossed with dry stone walls.

But if you’re looking for an unusual way to take in the beautiful scenery, head to Nidderdale Llamas, where their quirky residents will be happy to show you around their hometown.

The centre offers llama and alpaca trekking throughout the year and the activity is a fantastic way to get to know the animals – whose funny and entertaining characters will keep you amused along the way.

Each animal has its own distinctive personality, and staff will match your character to one of their residents, before you lead your llama – or let the llama lead you – through the fields of Nidderdale.

There’s Ike the Drama Llama, who, as his name suggests, is a bit of a diva; chilled-out Chester, whose long white eyebrows make him look like an old man; and snooty Morgan who turns his nose up anything less than simply the best.

You might be lucky enough to be matched with one of the centre’s cheeky alpacas like cool, calm and confident Gary, or mischievous duo Little Ant and Little Dec.

It’s a more personalised experience than an open farm and there are a variety of treks available from 1.5 miles to 8 miles. And if the British summer does disappoint, the llamas and alpacas won’t – as they’re ready to trek rain or shine.

We guarantee you won’t be able to resist falling in love with these adorable animals with their easy-going nature – you may even hear them talking to you with their gentle hum.

FACTFILE - NIDDERDALE LLAMAS

Prices: times and prices vary

Telephone: 01423 711 052 or mobiles 07743 690 770/07738 483 998

Email: info@nidderdalellamas.org

Website: www.nidderdalellamas.org

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