Leyburn author launches Little Alf Trail

Hannah and Little Alf.

A new way to experience the Dales has been launched thanks to a little pony and his owner.

The Little Alf Trail guides visitors around the and takes in waterfalls, historic castles, gift and craft shops, wildlife and cafés.

The trail is the idea of Leyburn author Hannah Russell, who has written a series of books about her miniature Shetland Alf.

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Hannah says the Little Alf Trail is the perfect way to enjoy more of the stories about Little Alf and find out about the local area.

Trail packs are available which include a tour booklet and discount vouchers to use on the route.

Discounts include reduced admission prices at museums to discount at cafés.

The packs also include a Little Alf Buddy, bag, car window sticker and colour in pack.

Hannah said: “I first though about the trail last summer after opening up my first shop in Leyburn market town.

“I love the Yorkshire Dales and found myself telling visitors about where to visit and where my favourite places are around the area.

“It lead me to think about a family activity and how I could incorporate it in to my business.

“A few weeks later I came up with the idea of starting a trail from the shop in Alf’s opinion which is ideal for families looking for a fun day out.”

The first trail to be released is the Wensleydale’ trail and starts from the Little Alf shop in Leyburn.

It follows the River Ure through the Yorkshire Dales National park travelling down the south side of the valley and returning on the north side.

The first trail is a 35-mile circular drive and it is recommended you take a full day to explore.

The Little Alf Trails will be officially launched on Saturday 31st March at the Little Alf shop in Leyburn Market Town.

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