Examiner Live - We tried the Yorkshire llama trekking farm voted the best and didn't want to leave
Posted on 18 May, 2022
Written by Megan Banner for Examiner Live
If you're in search of something to do in the Yorkshire countryside, trekking with llamas may not immediately come to mind.
But on Tripadvisor you will find the number one thing to do in Harrogate is exactly that - and we had a blast trying it out.
The family-run farm, owned by Suzanne and her husband, offers llama and alpaca trekking across the picturesque Yorkshire countryside and judging by the reviews, it's praised for its stunning scenery as well as its cheeky animals to trek with.
I got paired with the handsome yet stubborn Steve, nothing came between Steve and his food let me tell you, I'm still not sure who loved their food more, me or him. He was hilarious, gormless in so many ways - who knew llamas have such strong characters.
We trekked around the absolutely stunning countryside of Nidderdale, I honestly couldn't have picked a better day for a stroll with Steve. The sun was shining and it wasn't too nippy, the weather complimented the day perfectly.
From the booking confirmation Suzanne and the team at Nidderdale farm took care of us, they sent directions on how to get there, they must have known I'm a true women driver, and gave us specific parking bays.
They educated us on llamas and alpacas and answered those common questions like "will I get spat at?" The answer is no, they only spit when telling each other off, for those wondering.
What made the farm so special was the fact it is family run and how they knew the personality of each individual llama inside out, so much so they considered which one of the herd would make the best personal match for you on your trek. They must have known how much I like to feast just like Steve.
I grew up on my grandad's farm and those are my favourite nostalgic childhood memories, so to say I wasn't kind of jealous that Suzanne and her family get to spend every day on Nidderdale farm with Steve and the other 97 llamas would be a lie. I'm mostly impressed at how they remember every single one of their names.
Nidderdale Llamas also cater for larger groups such as hen parties and birthdays, they can take up to seventeen llamas out on one trek. A lot of guests are also regulars - there was one family in my group who had visited the year before and got to meet the same llama again, and see an orphaned baby turn two-years-old, I thought this was a lovely personal touch.
The day in all made me feel content. Nothing could be faulted, from the facilities to the experience, they really have thought of everything. The facilities are excellent, everything is sanitised between visitors post Covid, plenty of toilets, a picnic area, a gift shop and you even get a drink and cake included at the end of the trek.
I must say the hot chocolate and rocky road was 10/10. I enjoyed them on the picnic bench while taking in the incredible views for the last time before heading back to the city.
Overall, I honestly had the best day, I couldn't stop giggling at Steve. Would highly recommend visiting Nidderdale Llamas to anyone. The only downfall to the experience was finally having to say goodbye to Steve, but I have my pictures from the photo-op at the end of the trek to remember him by.
Nidderdale Llamas has also appeared on Channel 5's, The Yorkshire Vet, featuring Julian Norton.
To read the original article written by Megan Banner for Examiner Live, please visit: www.examinerlive.co.uk/in-your-area/tried-yorkshire-llama-trekking-farm-23587425