These leave daily (from the beginning of the February half-term holidays) at 11am, and take you right up to where the herd live on the mountain. There is a short drive in convoy - about 1 mile along the main road - at the beginning, which you use your own vehicle* for, followed by a 20-30 minute walk up to the reindeer. We don't take pre-bookings but do have a limit on numbers - tickets are first come, first served. We're open from 10am, so please do arrive early to buy your tickets and guarantee a place.
From May to December, this walk is mostly along a rough gravel track, and does drop into a valley and back up the other side, but we go at a relaxed pace and take our time, so it is usually suitable for all ages and abilities. Between February and April however, the visit varies a lot as it is dependent on where the free-ranging reindeer are, and is likely to be a 30 minute walk over rough, snowy and icy terrain, so you must be well equipped with appropriate clothing and footwear, and have a fair level of fitness. In the winter months it is important to not underestimate the weather - if you don't have suitable clothing we will not be able to take you up if we feel you would be at risk from the cold.
Once with the reindeer, you will be right in amongst the herd, with opportunity to hand feed, stroke and take photos. The whole trip usually lasts around 1 1/2 hours, depending on the reindeer and the weather! The last part of the trip can be muddy or icy, so wellies or boots are a good plan (we can hire wellies out for 50p/pair) and a waterproof jacket is also always recommended.
We run the trip in virtually all weather - only extreme blizzards mean that we can't get up the hill - if the weather is bad give us a call to check the trip is still on. From February to April, the trip is also dependent on us actually finding the reindeer, so give us a call at about 9 - 9.30am to confirm that the herd has been located.
Hill Trip Prices:
Under 5s are free.
* If you are arriving by public transport, we will endeavour to give you a lift up to the start of the walk, however this is not guaranteed, as we only have a few seats in our van. It is therefore on a first come, first served basis.