ALPACA TREKS & EXPERIENCES
Walking our alpacas is a fun and memorable experience for everyone and there's plenty of other animals to meet along the way!
You'll be welcomed with a short talk about all things alpaca then you will meet and choose your walking buddy and help prepare them for the walk.
We will head out through farmland and moorland following the footsteps of the Brontë sisters and take in the beautiful local scenery.
Upon return to the farm, you will relax with your alpaca and take the time to meet some of our other wonderful animals.
On Farm Alpaca Walk
We offer something for everyone so please drop us a line to discuss your requirements.
£25 per adult (12+)
£10 per child (age 6-11)
Children aged 6-11 must share an alpaca with a paying adult.
Our alpaca walks and treks are not suitable for children under the age of 6 years of age due to the sensitive nature of alpacas.
Days and times:
Our walks run every weekend, usually twice per day during peak season and we also have some walks during the week
We do take multiple bookings for each trek so please let us know if you would prefer to trek as a private group.
We aim to make your experience a truly memorable one!
We are a private farm & not open daily, please pre-book your visit.
This is our home and all activities must be booked in advance.
We can tailor your group visit to suit your needs, e.g. Scout groups, clubs, special needs centres, and schools. We can do alpaca walking in a paddock and can increase the number of people/children per alpaca therefore reducing the cost per person.
Sorry strictly no dogs.
We have various trek routes, some of which are wheelchair accessible ( we do not currently have wheelchair friendly facilities).
Younger children (age 5+) are very welcome to join us and walk Herbert the Super Sheep!
Meet & Greet
If you don't fancy walking with an alpaca, you can always book our Meet & Greet sessions. You can get up close and personal with our alpacas and other animals, feed them and get to know them and their personalities. You will be welcomed by one of our knowledgable guides and taken on a tour of the farm lasting around one hour where you can ask questions and meet the animals.
£8 Adults and Children age 5-12
Under 5's free of charge
Days and times:
Our meet and greet sessions run every weekend at 3pm with occasional session during the week.
Please note, children are to be supervised by a paying adults, ideally 1:1 where possible. We do not have spectator tickets available for these sessions.
Alpaca Adventure - Off Farm Trek
If you fancy a little more adventure in your life, this is the experience for you. After our health and safety briefing, we take our alpaca out into the Bronte hills for an intrepid adventure. We follow the path from the farm, up 'Stairs' hill and out on the moors. After walking at alpaca pace (very steady), through the countryside there is an opportunity for a snack stop at our exclusive rest stop. You can allow your alpaca to graze, bring yourself a snack and drink and take in the scenery of the Bronte hills.
This experience lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers a distance of around 3 miles. There is some rugged terrain but mostly unsealed roads and there is a rather large hill that we take very slowly, at alpaca pace.
We have a rest stop and photo opportunity at the top of the walk before heading back to the farm. If you would like to bring a snack and a flask, please feel free.
This route is suitable for adults and children over the age of 16 only walking one alpaca per person. This experience is for those with an adventurous personality and we do advise a medium level of fitness and good mobility.
£35 Adults and children over 16 walking their own alpaca
Snacks and Drinks
Please feel free to bring along a rucksack with a hot drink and snack for our rest stop at the top of the trek. Oh, and carrots or sugar snap peas for your alpaca buddy...you'll need to stock up on these!
Terms & Conditions
Bookings: Please complete your booking online as we are unable to take booking over the phone unless you have a voucher, in which case please contact us and we will sort your booking for you.
Supervision: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by paying adult and can walk their own alpaca from the age of 12.
Parents of children under 8 years of age must feel confident that their child can walk the full distance of the trek or provide an option to carry them if needed.
Age Restrictions: Alpaca Trekking is not suitable for children under the age of 6 years due to the sensitive nature of alpacas. However, we do have a meet and greet session available which is aimed at families and younger children.
Spectators: Alpaca trekking is not really a spectator sport and we ask that everyone gets involved. We also do not offer a 'share an alpaca' option as we like to keep our groups small to avoid stressing the animals.
Accessibility: We currently have no facilities for wheelchair users or push chairs due to the uneven ground. Please ensure you come prepared for the weather and ground conditions.
No shows and cancellations: We are unable to refund any no shows and we do require 48 hours notice for cancellations in order for a refund to be issued. We start the treks promptly; late attendance may mean you missing part of the Health & Safety talk and once alpacas are allocated, you will be unable to join the trek with no refund.
Punctuality: Please arrive five minutes before your trek start time. Early arrival is not permitted as the farm is where we live and we may be running our dogs or have other groups here before your booking commences.
Photos: We do take photographs throughout the trek. By booking with us we trust this accepted by you but please do let us know if you would prefer that no photos were taken of you or your group.
Weather: We run treks in all weather so please dress accordingly. If the weather is so severe that it compromises the welfare of our alpacas or the safety of guests, we will contact you on the morning of your trek to rearrange.
Covid-19: While the Covid-19 restrictions are in place, please be expected to dip your footwear in disinfectant and wash your hands before and after your experience. We will be taking safety measures with social distancing rules throughout your alpaca or farm experience.
Please note: Lucy Thornton and Thornwood Alpacas are registered under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals (England) Regulations 2018, No: 52069/471061