Idea #4 is probably one of the most unusual ideas! Llama trekking. Despite what many people may think this does not involve riding on the back of a llama! Llama trekking is simply paying the owner to take their pet for a walk (shouldn’t they be paying us to do it?!). My 26th birthday was certainly an unforgettable experience. I had my very own llama for the day (Chisum), we trekked for 4 hours on Saddleworth Moor and then we stopped for lunch, tying our llamas up outside the pub! If you love animals, want to try something different and want a laugh-a-minute, llama trekking is for you…
What’s the idea: Trekking around the beautiful countryside…with a llama!
Who for: The perfect, unique idea for birthday parties and hen do’s
Llama farms are now dotted all over the country, you should be able to find one local to you. We went to Saddleworth Llama Trekking Centre http://www.saddleworthllamatrekking.co.uk/trekking-routes/
Cost: Saddleworth Llama Trekking is £25 for a 2 hour tour or £15 for children. 4 hour and 5 hour treks are also available
For birthday #26 my mum had one crazy idea up her sleeve! I had no idea where we were going or what we were about to do. I never expected in a million years I would be pulling round the charming Chisum on Saddleworth moor bridleways!!
We reached the farm where we were introduced to our lovely, welcoming guide and our very own personality fueled llamas. We opted for the 4 hour trek option stopping at a lovely country pub half way round for lunch. This was certainly an unforgettable experience. Llamas make the ideal trekking companion, very affectionate, intelligent and surprisingly very little spitting action. The walk itself was stunning, beautiful scenery, reservoirs and the weather was perfect. This is a fantastic idea to get away from it all, to have a great laugh with friends and family whilst leading a llama along farm tracks and country lanes. It was such a unique and really rather surreal experience but it was one that I won’t forget in a hurry. Plus! If you think your kids won’t do a 4 hour walk, I’m pretty sure they would with a llama!
Any bad points?
My boyfriend and dad both turned up expecting to ride the llamas, however, I think they were quite relieved to not have to mount the back of one! We did get the odd strange look on the trek from fellow walkers but it was all in good jest!
Would I do it again?
I would definitely do it again, it was great fun having your own llama for the day and the stop at the pub was most welcome!