ALPACA WALKING at Spring Farm AlpacasNorth Hall Lane, Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SA Category Outdoor Activities
Alpacas are delightful and friendly animals and ours all know their names. Everybody who comes to our farm for an alpaca trek comments on how relaxing our alpacas are to be around. With their inquisitive nature, they are great fun to take for a walk and are certain to put a smile on your face!
After a short introduction to us and our farm, we will introduce you to our alpaca family. We have about 101 alpacas (and 7 llamas) here at Spring Farm – at last count! We will then halter up our walking alpaca team and set off for a casual walk around our 110 acre farm. During the walk, we will tell you a little about alpacas, their history, their stunning fleece and how we go about farming here at Spring Farm. Spring Farm has been managed within Countryside Stewardship/Higher Level Stewardship for the last 15 years and we will tell you about farming in a wildlife friendly way and hopefully spot some of the wildlife we have encouraged to thrive here – a UK alpaca and wildlife safari!
We expect the walking element to last about 50 minutes, and it is across undulating fields all within our boundaries – so you should not encounter any unexpected surprises. The distance we cover is about a mile. Allowing for the brief introduction and paying your walking alpaca (or llama) in carrots (which are provided ready chopped!) you should allow about two hours for the entire experience.
All walks must be pre-booked and are available every day of the week and all year round. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our alpaca walking or to book.
It is important at the time of booking that we know if any of those walking have any health limitations or health issues that we should be aware of. Where possible, we are very happy to modify the walk or distance in a way that accommodates any health concerns.
COST: £25 per alpaca plus £10 per accompanying person not walking an alpaca (including VAT). Please note: Under normal circumstances (and unless previously agreed) we ask for a maximum of one person accompanying for every alpaca walker.
Walking an alpaca allows you to walk YOUR VERY OWN ALPACA for the entirety of the walk.
Accompanying a walker entitles you to walk alongside an alpaca walker but not to walk an alpaca yourself.
We normally take a llama on the walk as well as the alpacas. If you would rather not walk an a llama please let us know – but be aware they are gentle giants and in Eron’s case, he loves having his back scratched.
We ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit in advance.
Alpacas are herd animals so a minimum of 2 alpacas must be booked for each walk. We normally cater for up to 10 walking alpacas on any given walk (well lets call it normally 9 plus Eron the llama!).
It is possible to accommodate single walkers but only in conjunction with another group so as to always have a minimum of 2 alpacas walking.
Walks start from the farm yard at about midday. We ask that you arrive ten minutes beforehand so we can be good to go at midday.
We are not an “open farm” and can only offer alpaca walks by prior arrangement.
If you would like us to recommend local places to meet for a coffee/drinks or lunch beforehand/afterwards – please let us know and we would be happy to help.
Children must be over 12 years old to walk an alpaca on their own, although children aged 8 to 12 may accompany the walk providing that each child is accompanied by an adult.
Our farm is on clay so sensible footwear is a must (wellies or walking boots) and we strongly recommend long trousers..
Clothing should be appropriate for the conditions but please avoid really bright colours or anything that might flap.
We have stringent bio-security so we will ask you to dip your footwear on arrival.
Our alpacas and llamas are not used to dogs so we have a strict no dog policy on the farm or walk.
Alpacas are like us and won’t be happy to walk in bad weather. If we (or you) defer due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, we are happy to rebook at a mutually agreeable time thereafter.
We can cater for educational visits, hen parties or special events – please contact us for details.
Vouchers are available (and gift cards) – please contact us for details.