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Travelling in (Unusual) Style

Trying a new way of travelling for the first time is always a fun experience, something new to check off the bucket list and a different way of looking at the world around you. With that in mind, we’ve tried to scout out some of the more interesting ways of getting round that you might want to take a taste of.

Llama Trekking

We’ve all heard of horse trekking, donkey rides at the seaside and even riding on camels or elephants on holiday, but now a new four-legged friend seems to have become a popular attraction: the llama. Yes, llama trekking is now a thing, and in the Lake District of all places. Confused? You’re not the only one. Businesses such as Lakeland Llama Treks in Cumbria take groups of walkers and llamas around scenic tours as a new way of getting back to nature and enjoying the world around us. The increase in popularity of such tours is perhaps less surprising when you read that they have a variety of trek lengths, invite people of all ages and are even wheelchair and pram friendly. It can be a rare thing to find scenic day trips with that kind of wide accessibility. So if you’re looking for a new way of experiencing the Lake District perhaps you should give llama trekking a go.

Gabrial Szabo @ Guzelian
Gabrial Szabo @ Guzelian

Dog Sled

Dog sledding is usually associated with images of huskies dashing through snowy hills in frosty climates, something you only really experience on TV or holidays if you are lucky. However you will no longer be required to fly off to Alaska or Norway to get a chance to lead a pack, you can now do it in Gloucestershire! In the aim of full disclosure there is not much snow to be had, but this hasn’t stopped the team at Arctic Quest trying to bring a little of the adventure to England. Arctic Quest husky rides are open to people of all experience levels and the team will show you how to take charge of your husky-led racing rig before you rush off for an exhilarating ride. Definitely something a little different for the thrill seeker in you.

Erica Buist with Husky dogs at Arctic Quest, Tewksbury, Glos.

Funicular

If any of you are planning on heading across the pond to Los Angeles this particular attraction might be worth a quick visit. While unfortunately currently closed, this inclined plane railway, aptly named Angels Flight, which has been around in some form or other in Downtown Los Angeles for almost 100 years is certainly a strange way to travel. Operated by cables and having just two cars named Sinai and Livet, the funicular comes in at only 298 feet long and has in the past been self-proclaimed as the shortest railway in the world. Seen as an essential cultural and tourist attraction by the local community which has been featured in novels, films, music and paintings, efforts are currently underway to get it reopened so keep an eye out if you happen to be heading that direction!

John Liu
John Liu

Zip Line

A far cry from my memories of playground rides were you sat on a tire and were lucky if you got half way across without stopping, zip lines have become major attractions with more ambitious line routes being opened all the time. The heart of ziplining in the UK seems to be Wales where Zip World has set up operations near Snowdonia National Park, making for some incredible views. The company has multiple zip wires and has been known to clock in speeds 100mph, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Not only do they have the traditional zip lines that dangle you hundreds of feet in the air, Zip World is also home to the world’s largest underground zip line and adventure course, Zip World Caverns, that was opened this year and takes participants into a slate cavern lit by LEDs to experience caves which Zip World states have been inaccessible for almost 200 years. The pictures look very impressive and promise an unforgettable adventure.

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Rebecca Fletcher

I'm Editor of The Yorker Magazine, Film Editor, am doing a degree in English and have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke (2015/2016).

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