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“A very different but thoroughly enjoyable experience”
Review of Catanger Llamas

Catanger Llamas
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Towcester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: For an unforgettable experience... Discover and enjoy llama trekking in the beautiful, undulating Northamptonshire countryside, unspoilt and blissfully quiet. The perfect way to de-stress. Open all year - Booking in essential! We offer a full range of treks, llama parties, trekking vouchers, educational visits, corporate entertaining, meetings, our 'Llamarabilia' gift shop and On Farm Accommodation.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 20, 2012

I attended this activity at Catanger Farm as part of a large family group for a 70th Birthday. Mary and David (and their dogs) made us all feel very welcome and explained all about the history of the llama and alpaca before we went to meet them. It was very hot so we didn't need the wellies that they had available although a couple of sections of the walk were still slightly squidgy, so I'd recommend wearing suitable stout shoes. The walk took place on leafy trails, along open fields and down woodland tracks giving a really good variety of environments.

Most of the time the llamas walked along quite sedately but they are quite strong and can be fairly spirited, so you have to be quite firm with them when they keep trying to eat leaves, bushes, grass etc. They have their own personalities, with some liking to be near or at the front, whilst others prefer to be nearer the back but not liking the group to be out of sight. My llama (Fudge) seemed to particularly like oak leaves and always tried to make a beeline for them once he spotted a tree.

It was really nice to be 'in charge' of such a large creature and so close to them for the whole of the walk. They are not especially affectionate creatures but don't mind being stroked on the neck, which is incredibly soft and nice to do occasionally. :)

Mary knowledgeably answered all our many questions during the walk and we all learned a great deal about these wonderful creatures. I would say that it is very important to keep the little ones away from the back of the llamas at all times as they sometimes step backwards without warning, can't see where they are going and could accidentally tread on a youngster.

All in all this was a very different but thoroughly enjoyable experience, which I would recommend to people of all ages.

Thank Oliver H
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

was spent with all my girlfriends treking in the pouring rain and it was absolutely wonderful!

Thank TheEmpress2011
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Friendly welcome from dogs and humans! Very informative talk. Beautifully clean farm and facilities. And the llamas... thank you Catanger for sharing these lovely animals with us.

1  Thank Happypeople4
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

A unanimously enjoyable day out - a big thank you to Mary and her team.

After a very informative and amusing introduction to the world of llamas and their background we met the males with whom we were trekking today. Our family of four shared two adorable llamas and along with another three families, we trekked through the leafy trail for a really pleasant hour. We were advised how to hold the rope and how best to stop the llamas from eating for the entire duration of the walk! We met the newest additions - some absolutely gorgeous baby llamas - and were able to ask Mary all sorts of llama-related questions. At the end of the walk we were taken back to meet the babies and females in the field and were encouraged to sit down so that the llamas might approach us. There really isn't anything that Mary and her staff don't know about the llamas, and she even took photos of each family with 'their' llamas and nothing was too much trouble. We were able to buy some llama souvenirs and even got a great recommendation to a lovely local gastro pub for lunch as we hadn't brought with a picnic, but the facilities are there if we had done.

The farm is immaculate - the buildings are lovely, clean wooden cabins and the llamas are funny, inquisitive but impeccably behaved and they are clearly extremely well looked after.

A big thank you - we will definitely be returning to Catanger for a longer trek next holiday.

3  Thank mjawett
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Reviewed April 24, 2011

Well, where do we start....AWFUL! My partner and I went to Catanger Llamas courtesy of a couple of spare tickets some friends of ours had. What we thought was going to be something a bit different and a bit of a laugh was everything but!

After a short briefing, you're presented with your llama to walk for the next couple of hours (though this feels like an eternity) and then proceed to follow your guide around the edge of a bunch of fields....yes, farmer's fields, not a beautiful country walk in sight. The guide (in our case the farmer's wife) offered next to nothing and simply marched on ahead, essentially leaving the group to its own devices - should anything have happened with one of the llamas, she was nowhere in sight!

At the end of what increasingly feels like torture, you come to realise one thing - this is a very clever business model for the farmer. "Come walk my llamas around my fields to keep them fit....and pay me for the pleasure of it!". We're only glad that this was a gift and that we hadn't had to pay. Please do yourselves a favour and just avoid this at all costs...you'll only end up disappointed.

17  Thank Dan G
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