Llama trekking bid aims to draw tourists to rural Lincs

Catherine Brackenbury with her llamas
Catherine Brackenbury with her llamas

Forget the Inca Trail in Peru, how about Llama trekking at Snitterby Carr?

That’s the vision Richard and Catherine Brackenbury of Niveks Farm have for their existing farm cum camping and caravan site in Sand Hayes Lane near Bishop Norton.

The couple seek planning permission from West Lindsey District Council to allow two static caravans be permanently occupied at the site, to ensure the llamas are best looked after, especially when pregnant.

Currently, the farm just has three grazing llamas but the 7-hectre farm has a capacity for 70.

Mrs Brackenbury says as soon as the couple get planning permission allowing residential occupation of the caravans, they can take delivery of some llamas they have on order from a farm in Lincolnshire. But it looks too late to start llama trekking this summer, which would take place on a weekend.

A report for the council says most llama farms have a leisure/tourism element and this would add to the viability of the business. Money would also be made from wool sales.

“It’s something different to offer the area. We also plan to have petting for younger children. We have a smallholding where we sell eggs and vegetables and we will build it up to be a visitor attraction. We already have camping and caravan site for 5-6 tents and vans,” she said.

Already the Brackenbury’s claim support from neighbouring tourist ventures, keen for added attractions nearby.

“Llama trekking could be a thriving business and good for the area,” Catherine added.

The report also noted some llamas can cost up to £7,000. They make 3.5kg of fleece a year, their dung pellets are odourless and make fertiliser, plus llamas are also good at warning foxes away.