Llama trek tops the charts in tourist guide

Catanger Llamas of Weedon Lois. Mary Pryse, left and Sarah Brown.'130729M-A992
Catanger Llamas of Weedon Lois. Mary Pryse, left and Sarah Brown.'130729M-A992

A 17-year-old south Northants tourist attraction has seen a surge of interest after being rated the second most popular activity in the county, according to an online review site.

In 1994 David and Mary Pryse of Catanger Farm in Weedon Lois acquired a Llama called Henry to guard their herd of Angora Goats.

After he stole their hearts they bought a few more and having been breeding them ever since.

By 1998 they had paying customers taking part in treks around their 20 acres of native woodland and pastures, and this month they were rated as the second most popular activity in Northants by users of the TripAdvisor tourist guide.

It also came top for activities in Towcester, beating Silverstone experience drives and Whittlebury Hall spa days.

Mrs Pryse said their small business allows them to provide the personal touch, but credits new recruit, 25-year-old Sarah Brown for tapping into online social networking to boost the profile of the Llama treks.

Mrs Pryse said: “By the very fact we are a very small business when people arrive they are very much greeted as our personal guests and not just another punter.

“And now we have Sarah, who’s been a godsend and claimed our TripAdvisor page where people can share their genuine views about their experience with us.”

Mrs Brown said: “I emailed TripAdvisor when I couldn’t find our listing, and they basically pointed out that we were second for the county and first in Towcester.”

In the past the age limit for trekking has been eight years old, but this summer Catanger will host several events sui table for children as young as five where they can meet the Llamas up close and take part in the a mini trek.

For dates and to check availability visit www.llamatrekking.co.uk.