The llama’s breath momentarily condenses in the cold air, dispersing against a backdrop of small fields, rocky slopes and ancient walls. But this is no Peruvian mountainside; nor are the walls Inca in origin. I’m in company with a troupe of llamas, intrigued children and fascinated adults, following a walled trackway first developed 500 years ago for trains of packhorses, making the crossing between Lancashire and Yorkshire.
HOW TO GET THERE
High Oxhey Farm is near Denshaw on the A672 between Oldham and Halifax. Turn on to the A6052 and follow the llama trekking signs.
FIND OUT MORE
The Pennine Bridleway National Trail
Saddleworth Llama Trekking Centre
Oxhey Lane, Denshaw
Saddleworth OL3 5UB
The Rams Head Inn
Cherry Clough Farm B&B
Oldham OL3 5UE