Looking for adventure? Alpaca bag! City Dweller Magazine has teamed up with the guys at Welcome to Yorkshire to look at some great Yorkshire days out
As the nation holds its breath to see if 2017 will hold a Great British Summer, we’ve come up with the perfect way to spend those precious sunny moments in Yorkshire – amongst the stunning scenery of Nidderdale and its quirky residents.
The beautiful Nidderdale Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts varied landscapes to enjoy, from heather moorlands to reservoirs to lush green pastures crisscrossed with dry stone walls.
Throughout the valley lie charming stone villages and remains of former mine workings as a reminder of the area’s rich industrial heritage.
But if you’re looking for a slightly different way to take in the picturesque scenes, why not let your guide be a four-legged furry one – with a trip to Nidderdale Llamas!
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.
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.
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.
You’ll be so entranced by this unique adventure you won’t want to leave your new best friend behind.
For more information about Nidderdale Llamas visit: www.nidderdalellamas.org